Curried Cheddar Date Bites Recipe

  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1/3 cup pitted dates
  • 2 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leafed parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apricot preserves
  • 3/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • three 5-inch pita loaves
  1. Chop walnuts and in a small skillet cook in oil over moderate heat, stirring, until lightly toasted. Cool nuts slightly.
  2. Preheat broiler.
  3. Coarsely grate apple and finely chop dates. In a bowl stir together all ingredients except pitas until combined well.
  4. Horizontally split pitas and arrange, cut sides down, on a large baking sheet. Broil pitas about 4 inches from heat until golden and crisp, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven and turn pitas over. Divide Cheddar mixture among pitas, spreading evenly. Broil pitas until cheese mixture begins to bubble, about 2 minutes. Cut each pita into 6 wedges.