Blue cheese stuffed dates with balsamic make an incredible appetizer to serve at parties or small dinner gatherings. They go fast and they’re easy to make with this recipe.
You can use either California dried or Medjool dates, But make sure they are pitted. You also need to make a slice in them, but sometimes you’ll find that the dates have already been sliced with the pitting which can save you a step.
To make filling Dates with blue cheese easier, soften the blue cheese before hand so it packs into the dates. Otherwise it make it crumbly.
You don’t need to be too nice and tidy with this Date and blue cheese appetizer, it’s OK if some cheese spills over or if you don’t sprinkle the balsamic glaze perfectly. After all, it’s the flavor combination that makes this blue cheese stuffed dates recipe a win.
Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates with Balsamic
- 2 Ounces Blue Cheese, softened
- 12 Date, either California Dried or Medjool, pitted
- 1 Teaspoon Balsamic glaze
- 1 Tablespoon Toasted almonds, optional
- Slice each date down the middle to create a pocket. Cut blue cheese into small chunks about the size of the date pocket.
- Pack in softened blue cheese into the dates. Place the dates on a serving platter. and drizzle with balsamic glaze, or a balsamic reduction. Sprinkle with sliced toasted almonds.
What cheeses pair well with dates?
Several cheeses pair well with dates including blue cheese, mascarpone, ricotta, or brie. Softer cheese were best both for flavor and for filling the dates.
Other ingredients that pair well with dates and figs include bacon, apples, caramel, coconut, lemon, and rosemary.
What can you stuff inside dates?
You can stuff dates with blue cheese, cream cheese, almond butter, goat cheese, peanut butter or brie cheese, to name a few options. You can garnish stuff dates with ingredients like chopped almonds, pecans, pistachios, honey, or maple syrup as well as balsamic glaze,
Can you smoke dates?
You can smoke dates on a smoker to add another layer of flavor. The sweetness of the date pairs well with a smoked flavor. Try stuffing the dates with a soft cheese like goat cheese or blue cheese then wrapping it in bacon. Top with pecans or pistachios or a bit of honey.
What to Serve with Bacon Wrapped Dates
You can serve several dishes with bacon wrapped dates. other appetizers to serve with this starter can include a more savory appetizer like bacon wrapped shrimp or Korean barbecued meatballs.
For meals following a bacon wrapped dates appetizer , consider serving dinners such as pasta and steaks. You could serve salads with this appetizer as well.