Dates are something I love, but only usually find and eat around the holidays. This time of year I find packs of dried organic Medjool dates packed up in the produce section. They tend to be a bit pricey, but they are so sweet and chewy and completely delicious. What makes these little appetizers great is that the creamy goat cheese and the salty pistachios pair perfectly with the dates. The combination of all the flavors compliment each other so well and make the perfect one-bite snack. Pistachio and cardamom are such a great flavor pairing and I've been using it more and more lately. They are great to take to a holiday pot luck, work celebration, or put out as an appetizer for your holiday meal. They are easy and only require a few ingredients!
I made these for the Veggie/Fruit a Month event that I am guest hosting this month. There's still plenty of time to participate and send my your date recipes!
Dates stuffed with cardamom goat cheese and salted pistachios
approximately 16-18 Medjool dates, halved lengthwise with pit removed
4 oz. goat cheese, slightly softened
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 cup roasted and salted pistachios, finely chopped and divided
Mix together the goat cheese, cardamom, and the pistachios (reserving one tablespoon) until well combined. Spoon about 1-2 teaspoons of the mixture into each date half. Sprinkle with the reserved tablespoon of pistachios. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until serving time.
What was I cooking one year ago?: sesame-cranberry cookies
Two years ago?: gingerbread pancakes with clementine yogurt sauce