Seared Dates with Vanilla Ice Cream and Mint

Pan-searing dates turns them into an irresistible, warm treat with a crisp, caramelized exterior and a
soft, sweet interior. Paired with cold vanilla ice cream and topped with olive oil, mint, and flaky sea
salt, the fruit becomes a sophisticated dessert with a fun mix of sweet and savory.
Makes 4 servings.
Serve this dessert with a high-quality vanilla ice cream, or make your own with our easy recipe for
EVOO Ice Cream.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon + more for drizzling, TAO
    EVOO or TAO Blood Orange or TAO Lemon
    or TAO Basil olive oils
  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, torn if large
  • Flaky sea salt

Directions:
1.  Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium skillet over medium. Add dates and cook, turning often, until
lightly browned on all sides, 4 – 6 minutes.
2.  Divide dates among plates. Add a few small scoops of ice cream to each. Drizzle with oil, then
top with mint; season with salt.

Recipe from Epicurious, Anna Stockwell
PHOTO BY CHELSEA KYLE, FOOD STYLING BY MOLLY BAZ

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