Makes 1 1/2 cups
Look for Medjool dates at specialty food stores; they're softer than standard packaged dates.
|1/2||cup unsalted shelled pistachios|
|1/4||cup sliced almonds|
|1/4||cup golden raisins|
|12||Medjool dates, pitted and finely chopped|
|Grated rind and juice of 1 orange|
|1||tablespoon port or sweet Passover wine|
|1/4||teaspoon ground cinnamon|
|Salt and black pepper, to taste|
|Cayenne pepper, to taste|
1. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Spread the pistachios on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 5 minutes. Add the almonds and toast 4 minutes more or until the nuts are slightly golden and aromatic. Cool to room temperature.
2. In a small bowl, combine the raisins and hot water to cover them; set aside to plump for 10 minutes. Drain.
3. In a food processor combine the pistachios and almonds. Pulse a few times to chop them coarsely. Add the raisins, dates, orange rind and juice, port or wine, cinnamon, salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Pulse 3 more times, leaving the mixture chunky. Taste for seasoning and add more salt or black pepper, if you like. - Adapted from Michael Leviton