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 contrast 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. 😳
How to make goat cheese stuffed dates healthier
In my version, to make this recipe a little healthier and lower in carbs, I use honey sparingly. Since the dates are very sweet, this does not detract from the flavor at all. And it helps keep sugar in check.
Although this is obviously not a low carb appetizer. If you’re looking for a low carb appetizer, do check out my collection of healthy appetizers.
This is a make-ahead recipe
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 the goat cheese stuffed dates from the fridge 30 minutes before you serve them. They taste much better at room temperature.
If you make these goat cheese stuffed dates in advance, drizzle them with the honey right before you serve them.
More tasty date recipes
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! And these chocolate date balls are filled with wholesome goodness, but they taste like a sinfully decadent dessert.
- 24 small pitted dates
- 4 oz soft goat cheese
- 24 walnut pieces
- 4 teaspoons honey
- Make a lengthwise slit in each date.
- Softened the cheese for just a few seconds in the microwave. Use a small teaspoon to stuff each date with a little cheese.
- Place a walnut piece on top, and lightly press to make sure it adheres to the cheese.
- If serving immediately, drizzle with honey and serve.
- If making ahead, Refrigerate the dates until ready to serve. Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before serving to allow the cheese to soften. Drizzle with honey and serve.