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Jul 12, 2011 12:54 PM

Date syrup - How do Sephardi cooks use this?

I have an unopened jar of date syrup. ( The other jar I bought for Pesach was eaten with matzo brei and fritters. wonderful stuff.)

I'm pretty sure there must be Sephardi recipes that take advantage of this ingredient. Anyone know any such?

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  1. I don't know if it's sephardi, but i've used date syrup for chicken

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      1. re: AdinaA

        I wish I could, but there was no real recipe. I stuffed chickens with a mixture of rice, almonds, and raisins, then kind of poured the date syrup (prepared, storebought - gasp!) and baked, with constant basting.

    1. Not Sephardi, but I have made the following recipe, which I modified a bit from the way I found it on the blog Got No Milk. It doesn't call for the date syrup, but I substituted it for the pomegranate molasses, which I couldn't find.

      Pomegranate and Pistachio Israeli Couscous with Grilled Chicken
      1 1/4 cups Israeli couscous (or regular)
      1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
      1/4 cup pistachios (chopped)
      dried apricots
      dried cherries
      2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
      1/4 cup chopped mint
      1/4 cup chopped parsley
      2 grilled boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

      Cook couscous according to package instructions. When done, fluff with a fork and add the remaining ingredients. Pour on vinaigrette and mix in gently. Makes 4 servings.

      Vinaigrette (makes 1/4 cup)
      2 tablespoons olive oil
      1 tablespoon lemon juice
      1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
      1 teaspoon dijon mustard
      salt and pepper

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      1. re: queenscook

        Thank you. That sounds delicious.

      2. If you Google "silan recipes" or "date syrup uses" you'll get quite a few hits. I can't vouch for any of them but I'm wondering if I shouldn't give a few a try.

        1. I use it instead of honey or brown sugar to make granola. Sticky-sweet and delicious!