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Roasted Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

For a quick and delicious appetizer, these warm and cheesy Roasted Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates are about to become your new go-to!

For a quick and delicious appetizer, these warm and cheesy Roasted Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates are about to become your new go-to.

I’ve been in the market lately for a foolproof appetizer. Because after two years in a row of my Thanksgiving appetizers flopping at the exact time guests arrived (thanks for nothing, puff pastry), I was basically desperate.

I always associated stuffed dates with being wrapped in bacon. But with it being our date ingredient spotlight, we’re looking at these little sweetness bombs with fresh eyes! Meaning these goat cheese stuffed dates don’t require any bacon, turning to toasted pine nuts and flaky sea salt for that delicious crunch.

But why stop there? A quick roast in the oven warms the goat cheese and slightly caramelized the outside of the dates, making for the most addictive (and totally foolproof) appetizer.

For a quick and delicious appetizer, these warm and cheesy Roasted Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates are about to become your new go-to.

Ingredients for goat cheese stuffed dates

  • Dates: Medjool dates, with their soft texture and delicious flavor, are best for making stuffed dates.
  • Goat cheese: Tangy fresh goat cheese balances out the sweet dates.
  • Pine nuts: Toasted pine nuts make such a warm and crunchy topping for salads and appetizers, and they were begging to be sprinkled over these stuffed dates.
  • Flaky sea salt and pepper: Finish it off with some flaky sea salt and a pinch of pepper.
For a quick and delicious appetizer, these warm and cheesy Roasted Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates are about to become your new go-to.

How to stuff dates

Simply slice the dates lengthwise on just one side and remove the pit, then use a small spoon to stuff it with goat cheese. You can eat it like this, or roast in the oven for 10 minutes to make them ultra warm and gooey. Top with toasted pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil, flaky sea salt, and ground black pepper!

Best cheese to serve with dates

Not a fan of goat cheese? Dates pair well with a variety of soft cheeses, like:

In need of more Thanksgiving appetizers? Try out this Vegetarian Cheese Board or this Savory Apple Beet Tart.

For a quick and delicious appetizer, these warm and cheesy Roasted Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates are about to become your new go-to.
For a quick and delicious appetizer, these warm and cheesy Roasted Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates are about to become your new go-to.

Roasted Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

For a quick and delicious appetizer, these warm and cheesy Roasted Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates are about to become your new go-to.
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Course: Appetizers, Snacks
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: goat cheese stuffed dates, stuffed dates
Diet: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Occasion: Christmas, Easter, Game Day, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day
Time: 15 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings (2 dates each)
Calories: 313kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
5 from 1 vote

INGREDIENTS

  • 16 medjool dates about 2 cups
  • 4 oz goat cheese 113 g
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • To serve: flaky sea salt, ground black pepper, extra virgin olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Prep: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C). Slice dates lengthwise on one side and remove the pit.
  • Stuff: Spoon a bit of goat cheese into each date. Set cut side up on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until warmed through.
  • Pine Nuts: Meanwhile, add pine nuts to a small saute pan and set over medium heat. Cook until golden brown and toasted, about 5 minutes (keep a careful eye as these can burn easily).
  • Serve: Drizzle warm dates with olive oil and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts, salt, and pepper.

NOTES

Not a fan of goat cheese? Dates pair well with a variety of soft cheeses, like:

NUTRITION

Serving: 2dates | Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 62.9g | Protein: 6.9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 412mg | Fiber: 6.2g | Sugar: 54.5g | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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