So how do you want to finish this year? Naughty or nice? These Savory Rugelach with Blue Cheese, Dates, and Walnuts are rich and decadent and feel just a little bit naughty. So come on, you’ve been nice for months on end. Santa has already made his list (and checked it twice) he’s noticed how nice you’ve been. Nice. Nice. Nice. Besides he’s so busy this time of year I doubt he’ll even notice what you’ve been up to these last few days of 2016. So snuggle up to the appetizers this holiday season. I think you’ll find that naughty has never been more nice.
Rugelach is traditionally a Jewish “cookie” of sorts. Typically you’ll find them to be jam-filled. But nuts make an appearance just as often. Chocolate rugelach is delicious too. Technically rugelach can be filled with just about anything. So why not a savory rugelach? Because the thing that defines rugelach isn’t so much the filling as it is the pastry. Made with cream cheese, the dough is very rich and very short, meaning that it has a lot of fat: by weight, there’s almost equal amounts of cream cheese, butter, and flour.
For me, all that luscious fat deserves a special friend, and dates make succulent partners. Besides, I love dates – especially this time of year. When I was a kid I used to pop them in my mouth and wait for the explosion of honeyed sweetness. Which is something I did almost every Christmas morning of my younger years. Dates (and nuts and naval oranges) were always part of our stocking-stuffers. So naturally I like indulging in them during the holidays now that I’m an adult.
Because if there’s on thing I know about the holidays it’s this: Santa just doesn’t have the time to keep tabs on how many bite-sized snacks we’ve snuck. So roll up some rugelach, I won’t tell whether you’ve been naughty or nice. GREG