Dates in Lettuce Wraps
Count on 2 -3 dates person as hors d'oeuvres
My sister-in-law, Kathy (Katie) Deamer, is an innovative and
adventurous cook. She follows her own muse in creating new and unique
dishes. In celebration of my 59th birthday, she created this recipe for
dates stuffed with chicken livers wrapped with strips of lettuce. The
sweetness of the dates is thrice offset -- first by the succulence of the chicken
liver, then by a tangy mustard sauce and then by the crispiness of the lettuce wrap.
pitted dates (2-3 per person)
1/4 - 1/2 lb. whole chicken livers, separated into halves
Several large leaves of Boston/Bibb lettuce
1 TBS Coleman's dry mustard, moistened with enough water
to make a spreadable paste
whole chicken livers and divide them in half (keeping each half in tact) and sauté in them in a few
TBS chicken stock, butter. salt and pepper.
lettuce leaves from the head (keeping them whole). Wash and dry.
Then cut each leaf crosswise into 1" strands (about the length of the
date). You should get about 3 -4 strips from one large lettuce. leaf.
- Open up
the pitted date gently with a knife (along the slit used to remove the pit)
and press it open gently to lie flat while keeping it whole.
- Place a
1/4" strip of cooked chicken liver on the center of the opened date.
- Smear a
very small dab of prepared mustard on top of the chicken liver.
roll the stuffed date closed so that the chicken liver is completely
the stuffed date with a strip of lettuce several times around.
on a serving platter, lettuce seam side down.