A wonderful appetizer, these goat cheese stuffed dates are drizzled with honey and topped with walnuts. Savory, sweet and crunchy in one bite!
Goat cheese stuffed dates are a healthy, wholesome appetizer. They offer a delightful contrasts in flavors (sweet, tangy) and textures (soft, crunchy).
I tried this appetizer for the first time at a friend’s house. She hosted a holiday party, and served big platters of these delicious appetizers. I’m ashamed to admit that I ate six. 😳
In my version, using honey and nuts sparingly does not detract from the flavor! And it helps keep sugar and calories in check. Although this is obviously not a low carb appetizer. If you’re looking for a low carb appetizer, check out these healthy appetizers.
One of the best things about this recipe? You can make it in advance. I often make it in the morning and refrigerate until it’s time to serve. Although it’s a good idea to remove them from the fridge 30 minutes before you serve them.
It seems like many date-based appetizer recipes take advantage of combining the gooey sweetness of dates with something salty, crunchy or both.
Another amazing dates recipe that takes advantage of this interesting flavor and texture combination is this recipe for bacon wrapped dates. It’s wonderful!
- 24 small pitted dates
- 4 oz soft goat cheese, softened for just a few seconds in microwave
- 4 teaspoons honey
- 24 walnut pieces
- Make a lengthwise slit in each date.
- Use a small teaspoon to fill each date with cheese.
- Place a walnut piece on top, and lightly press.
- Drizzle with honey.
- Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve. Remove from fridge 30 minutes before serving to allow cheese to soften.