Slow Cooker Date Paste & Balsamic Pulled Chicken

Recipe for Slow Cooker Barbeque Pulled Chicken made with DateME Boutique ready to use date paste

Slow Cooker Date Paste & Balsamic Pulled Chicken

Try this recipe for slow cooker pulled chicken for your next get together. We use date paste and balsamic vinegar for a sweet and tangy variation on the usual barbecue sauce.

Recipe for Slow Cooker Barbeque Pulled Chicken made with DateME Boutique ready to use date paste

Ingredients

  • 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thawed
  • ½ cup DateME Date Paste
  • 1 ½ cups balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • Pinch of ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine all ingredients except for the chicken and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Reduce the heat and continue to simmer for 20 minutes, whisking occasionally, until thick.
  3. Place the chicken in the slow cooker and pour the sauce over it. (We recommend saving some sauce to serve with the cooked chicken.)
  4. Cook chicken on low heat for 4-6 hours.
  5. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker, place on a board and shred with two forks.
  6. Serve on rolls with the remaining sauce on the side.

Recipe is adapted from The Recipe Rebel.

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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon & Date Jam

Recipe for Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon and Date Jam made with DateME ready to use date paste

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon & Date Jam

For a gourmet twist on the humble grilled cheese sandwich, add some bacon date jam! Made from scratch with date paste instead of whole dates, you’ll find that it’s worth the extra effort.

Recipe for Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon and Date Jam made with DateME ready to use date paste

Ingredients

For the Jam:

  • 12 oz. bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 2 large sweet onions, diced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup DateME Date Paste
  • ¼ cup sherry vinegar
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, divided
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Drizzle of olive oil

For the Sandwich:

  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • Thick slices of French bread (or bread of choice)
  • Room temperature butter

Directions

Yield: About six sandwiches

  1. In a large heavy-bottomed pot (such as a Dutch oven), add chopped bacon and cook over medium heat until rendered and the fat is foaming, about 7-10 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon. Reserve about 2 tsp. of the fat in the pot.
  2. Once the bacon is cooled, place on a cutting board and finely chop.
  3. Return the pot with the reserved fat to medium heat and add the butter, onions and salt. Sauté until soft and translucent, about 7-10 minutes.
  4. Stir date paste, sherry vinegar, 1 tsp. thyme leaves, black pepper and cayenne pepper into the onion mixture. Break the date paste up with a wooden spoon to help the melting process. Once ingredients are well incorporated, add the bacon.
  5. Stir the water into the mixture and cook until jam is a brick/brown color and has a jam consistency, about 10-15 minutes.
  6. Remove jam from the heat and add the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and remaining thyme leaves. Stir until shiny.
  7. Preheat a flat griddle or skillet on medium heat.
  8. To make the sandwich, take two slices of the bread and spread butter on one side of each slice.
  9. Place one slice of bread, buttered side down, on the griddle. Place a heaping amount of cheddar cheese on the top of the bread slice.
  10. Spread a good amount of the bacon date jam to the non-buttered side of the other slice of bread. Place this slice jam-side down on top of the cheese and bread already on the griddle.
  11. Grill sandwich on both sides until it is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Remove from the griddle.
  12. Repeat with the other slices of bread. Slice and enjoy!

Jam should easily make six sandwiches, depending on the amount used for each sandwich.

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com

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Bacon & Date Turnovers

Snack Recipe for Bacon Date and Cheese Turnovers made with DateME Boutique ready to use date paste

Bacon & Date Turnovers

When people hear the word “bacon”, dates are not the first thing that might come to mind.  Having said that, this brilliant recipe for bacon and date turnovers might change the word association game for good! We want to express our gratitude to April, our innovative client who came up with this delightful combination. Thank you April!

Snack Recipe for Bacon Date and Cheese Turnovers made with DateME Boutique ready to use date paste

Ingredients

  • 1 roll puff pastry dough (ready to use)
  • ¼ cup cream cheese (or cheese of your choice, such as feta)
  • diced bacon strips (previously made and cooled)
  • ½ cup DateME Date Paste

Directions

Yield:  About 12 turnovers

  1. Preheat oven according to instructions on the package of puff pastry.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry dough on a lightly floured surface. Slightly thin it out using a rolling pin.
  3. Cut out round pieces of dough for the turnovers using a cup or a circular cookie cutter.
  4. Fill each circle with a teaspoon each of bacon, date paste and cheese.
  5. Fold over each filled circle and crimp the edges with a fork.
  6. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet, and place the turnovers on the sheet.
  7. Bake as directed on the box of the puff pastry, usually about 10-15 minutes.

Variations to try:  Roasted and salted nuts instead of the bacon, any kind of soft cheese like brie or feta, or caramelized onions with dates and feta.

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Video Recipe – Easy Grilled Cheese with Date Paste

Grilled Cheese Sandwich made with DateME Boutique ready to use Date Paste

Easy Grilled Cheese with Date Paste

Nobody can resist grilled cheese! It’s made even better with the addition of DateME Date Paste.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread
  • Your choice of cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. DateME Date Paste
  • 2 Tbsp. butter

Directions

Assemble sandwich. Heat butter over medium high heat and brown both sides of sandwich. Eat while melty and delicious!

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