Here's another winner from my copy of 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Gelles. I contributed a pinch of spice to the recipe but it is optional.
prep time10 Min
methodNo-Cook or Other
dried dates, pitted ( for this recipe i chose deglet noor dates, *always* unsulphured)
cream cheese, softened (reduced fat cream cheese not recommended)
walnuts (you can substitute pecans, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, pine nuts)
ground cardamom or cinnamon (freshly grated nutmeg is good with this spread, too!)
sandwich bread, crackers, english muffins, crumpets, etc. to use with the spread
How To Make
Finely chop the dates either by hand. (use a wet knife-it makes slicing easier!) Or, place coarsely chopped dates in a food processor fitted with a steel blade.
Stir together the softened cream cheese and nuts by hand or add it to the food processor (along with the spice, if using. If using a food processor, process with the PULSE on/off function. Process the mixture until everything is combined and the dates are as finely chopped as possible.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
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