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Eat Down the House: Dates, Cheese, and Sausage

Please welcome guest blogger Sonia, my oldest sister and Restaurant Baby #1, as she eats down her fridge with her own version of wrapped dates with lap cheong. ~Madeline

Eat Down the House: Dates, Cheese, and Sausage

My dear friends Kags and Lamiyah gave me some very fancy-looking dates from Dubai, UAE. I was deciding between eating them as they are or doing something with them; then I recalled a delicious appetizer I once had at Grange Kitchen — chorizo, dates, and blue cheese.

Beautiful premium dates

For my version, I am using lap cheong instead of chorizo. Lap cheong is Chinese sausage. According to Wikipedia, lap cheong is more commonly seen in Southern Chinese cuisine whereas a different kind of sausage (hong chang) is a specialty of Northeastern China.
Lap cheong – Chinese cured meat

Oh, the things I learn! And while I am not a big fan of sausages (kielbasa, brats, breakfast sausages, hot dogs, etc), I love lap cheong. But don’t tell my mother, she says they are not healthy.

For some of the pieces, I also wrapped bacon around the dates. Everything is better with a little bacon, right? (Well, I actually preferred the bacon-less nuggets more.)

Stuffed and wrapped dates pre-baking

Other Recipes for Stuffed Dates:

Eat Down the House items eaten: dates, lap cheong bought 2 years ago and now defrosted, gorgonzola cheese from a dinner party 2 weeks ago, bacon defrosted from the freezer from who-knows-when

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1 sandi liang { 04.11.11 at 2:04 PM }

I have to say that this is the first I see lap cheong with cheese!! Loving the idea. The pictures (these and all the ones on the site) are just so perfect! did you guys take them yourselves? what camera did you guys use?

2 Madeline Leung { 04.11.11 at 2:43 PM }

Hi Sandi,

Thanks for stopping by the site. Sonia uses a Sony DSC-W130, Kimberly uses a Fuji FinePix F60fd, and I use Canon S90. Sonia is pretty good at taking pictures.

Has Ellie tried lap cheong yet?

3 Lee Ann { 04.11.11 at 9:16 PM }

I agree! I like the photos!

4 Sonia { 04.12.11 at 11:10 PM }

Thanks, Sandi! Thanks, Lee Ann!

5 sandi liang { 04.14.11 at 1:56 AM }

Ellie?? hahaha she is probably one of the pickiest eater I have ever encountered. Would you even imagine that a 2 year old baby can tell the difference between freshly steamed minced pork and left over steamed pork? She can. I don’t dare to give her anything that is good but remotely bad for her, because then, she might not eat anything bad… lol She has yet to try anything processed. hehehe

6 sandi liang { 04.14.11 at 2:00 AM }

hm… I need to get a new camera, or I just need to learn how to use mine. I have a canon (don’t even know what model). I can’t seem to get the picture clear, especially if the lighting is not bright

7 Deanna W { 04.17.11 at 6:15 PM }

lap cheong with dates, now that is a novel idea!

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