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Roasted Almond and Date Spread

Roasted Almond and Date Spread
When available, use pitted Medjool dates, which are meatier and sweeter than other varieties. Roasted pistachios or pecans can be used in place of the almonds. Accompany with bread and assorted cheeses.

If desired, make a double batch of this spread and freeze half of it. The spread will keep for up to 2 weeks.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted whole almonds
  • 1 package pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup Madeira or dry sherry
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Breads for serving
  • Cheese for serving

Directions:

In a food processor, combine the almonds, dates, Madeira and orange zest. Pulse until the almonds are finely ground and the mixture is almost smooth. The spread can be prepared up to this point, transferred to a container, covered and refrigerated for up to 1 week. Let the spread come to room temperature before serving.

When ready to serve, transfer the spread to a small serving bowl. Set the bowl alongside the breads and cheeses. Serves 8.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Easy Entertaining, by George Dolese (Simon & Schuster, 2005).