Blistered Dates with Gorgonzola and Flake Salt

Recipe by Ashley Rodriguez ~ a James Beard Award nominee

This simple appetizer tastes anything but. It’s sweet, salty, and cooks in less time on your cast iron skillet than it takes you to pour a cocktail. Watch the dates carefully as their sweetness tends to caramelize very quickly. Use the very best extra virgin olive oil you can get your hands on; something grassy and fruity works beautifully here.




Recipe and Photos by:Not Without Salt

Blistered Dates with Gorgonzola and Flake Salt

Yields 8-10 Servings


  • 10-15 Medjool dates
  • 4 oz gorgonzola
  • 2 1/2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • Flake salt


  1. Remove the pits from the dates. Add between ½ to 1 teaspoon size crumble of gorgonzola to the center of the date.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a cast iron skillet set over the coals or very low flame. As the oil just starts to simmer, carefully add the dates to the pan. Let warm and caramelized for 1 to 2 minutes just to warm through.
  5. Transfer the dates from the cast iron skillet to a serving platter then finish by drizzling the remaining olive oil over top and finishing with a sprinkling of flake salt. Serve while warm.
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