Dates in Spiced Wine

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients: 
12 Medjool Dates
3 T Blanched Almonds (coarsely chopped)
2 T Walnuts (coarsely chopped)
1⁄2 c Red Wine
2 T Honey
1⁄2 t Freshly Milled Five-Colored Peppercorns
6 oz Cheese (such as Kefalo Graviera, cut into wedges)
1 pn Coarse Sea Salt
1 T Lemon (Zest only)
Instructions: 

With a sharp knife, make a small cut lengthwise in the top of each date and remove the pit.

Lightly toast the almonds and walnuts in a small, dry nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Using a teaspoon, fill the dates with the nut mixture.

Simmer the wine, honey, and pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Place the dates, cut side up, in the pan and continue to simmer until warm, about 5 minutes.

Serve the warm dates with the cheese wedges and top with a sprinkle of sea salt and lemon zest.