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Baked Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates with Honey

Baked Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates with Honey // Karista's Kitchen

I can never have too many appetizer recipes floating in my head and at the top of the list are these creamy Baked Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates.

Last minute guests, teenagers invading the kitchen looking for food or a quick treat to pair with a glass of my favorite wine or evening cocktail; these Baked Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates are deliciously simple. I love that word. Maybe that’s because life is busy and hearing the word  “simple” seems to instantly infuse calm and tranquility into my moment.

Baked Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates with Honey // Karista's Kitchen

I love to use locally sourced goat cheese and honey along with sweet holiday Medjool dates.  If I feel extra fancy, I’ll toast finely chopped hazelnuts or pistachios and sprinkle them on top.  These Baked Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates are so easy to prepare while your guests, friends or family are mingling in the kitchen, chatting, laughing and of course, general merry-making.  Once out of the oven, I walk around with the baking sheet in hand, napkins and little party picks. Casual finger food that is gooey, warm, sweet and a little savory. Perfectly “simple” and delicious.

I wish you the happiest and most delicious of holidays!

Loads of Love,

Karista

Baked Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates with Honey

Baked Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates with Honey

Ingredients

  • Medjool dates, remove the pits which will create a nice opening for the goat cheese
  • Goat cheese, try to find one that is creamy for easy filling
  • Honey
  • Toasted chopped hazelnuts or pistachios

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  • Fill each date with goat cheese. If the goat cheese is creamy, I sometimes put it into a ziploc bag, snip a corner and pipe the goat cheese into the dates.
  • Place each goat cheese filled date on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet and place the baking sheet into the pre-heated oven. Let the dates bake for about 10-15 minutes.
  • As soon as you remove the dates from the oven, either transfer to a fancy platter or leave them on the baking sheet and then drizzle with a little honey. Top with crushed toasted nuts if you like.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Notes

    There really isn't much of a recipe here... just a container of dates, goat cheese, honey and nuts. Enjoy!

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    9 Comments

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    Barb Bamber
    December 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Well, these little bites look “more-ish” and I’m not sure I wouldn’t hide a plateful for myself in the pantry for after the party:) Very pretty and my favorite flavours as well! I hope you and your family have the loveliest of Christmas holidays ever!! xx

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      Karista
      December 23, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you so much Barb! I end up eating half of them myself. Lol! Wishing you a beautiful Christmas!! xo

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    Ksenia
    December 24, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Savory & sweet together is my favorite flavor combination! Happy holidays to you and yours, Karista!

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      Karista
      December 24, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Thank you Ksenia! Have a fabulous holiday. Are you traveling?

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    Bam's Kitchen
    December 25, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I think that these would be hard to stop at just one. Sticky and delicious! What a fast and easy appetiser idea, thanks Karista. Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday.

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      Karista
      December 31, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      I think I ate half that tray. Lol! Happy New Year Bam!

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    Lilly Sue
    December 26, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Wow, sounds so simple but delicious! I want to try these!

    • Reply
      Karista
      December 31, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks Lilly Sue! They are really delicious and it’s hard to stop at just a few. I think I ate half that tray. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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