I mentioned in my last post that one of the appetizers I made on Christmas Eve were stuffed dates. Even though you don't really need a recipe to make these, I thought I would still post them for anyone who is looking for an easy appetizer or hors d'oeuvre idea to serve at their New Year's Eve party!
All you need to do is slice open some pitted dates, stuff them with sweetened goat cheese and top them with toasted whole almonds. They make a perfect little one-bite snack and are just sweet enough to eat as dessert too!
I love the combination of honey, goat cheese and almonds, but the recipe is very adaptable to other kinds of nuts and cheese. I think pistachios would taste great with these, and other soft cheeses like brie, mascarpone or cream cheese would work well too.
Goat Cheese and Almond Stuffed Dates
Inspired by Healthy Food for Living
25 pitted dates (I used regular small dates, but Medjool would probably taste better!)
~ 2 oz/50 g goat cheese
~ 1 tbsp honey (or to taste)
25-40 whole almonds
Place the goat cheese in a small bowl and mix with a spoon or fork to soften it. Add the honey 1 tsp at a time and mix thoroughly. Taste and continue to add more honey until the mixture is sweet enough to your liking.
Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat and add the almonds. Toast until fragrant and browned, stirring often, for about 5 minutes. Remove the almonds from the pan and set aside.
Slice open the dates and place a small amount of the goat cheese mixture inside (as much as you can fit). Add 1 large almond or 2 small almonds to each date on top of the goat cheese.
Keep refrigerated until serving time.
Makes about 25 dates.
Note: These are best eaten the day they are made, but they will keep in the fridge for 1-2 days.