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Date syrup - How do Sephardi cooks use this?

AdinaA Jul 12, 2011 12:54 PM

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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    rachelb99 Jul 13, 2011 11:24 PM

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

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      rockycat Jul 13, 2011 07:41 AM

      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. queenscook Jul 12, 2011 09:15 PM

        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
          AdinaA Jul 13, 2011 04:32 AM

          Thank you. That sounds delicious.

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          brooklynkoshereater Jul 12, 2011 07:22 PM

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

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          1. re: brooklynkoshereater
            AdinaA Jul 12, 2011 08:24 PM

            Will you share the recipe?

            1. re: AdinaA
              brooklynkoshereater Jul 13, 2011 07:30 PM

              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.

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