|Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates with Chive Oil|
10 dates, pitted
1/3-1/2 cup aged blue cheese
1/3 cup chives
bowl of ice water
1 small garlic clove
1/2 cup olive oil
Slit the dates and stuff with blue cheese. Set aside.
Bring a medium saucepan with water to a boil and blanch the chives for about 30 seconds (they will be bright green) and immediately plunge into ice water until cooled. Drain and pat dry.
In a food processor, combine the chives with garlic; with machine running add olive oil and process until completely blended.
Strain chive oil through a sieve and discard pulp. (Note: in this photo the sieve was not small enough, so did not strain out all pulp)
Warm dates slightly and drizzle chive oil along side.