Goat cheese stuffed dates appetizers are perfect with a sprinkling of walnuts and a balsamic reduction. These bites are truly among the best stuffed dates!! And the recipe is really just a matter of assembling for ingredients.
To start, get all your ingredients together so you can have them on hand to make the goat cheese stuffed grapes with balsamic reduction faster.
Get a handful of dates … about 16 dates is a good number to make a date and goat cheese appetizer for a small gathering, or to have on hand for yourself for a snack. You can use medjool dates or California dates, it’s really your preference. (Just make sure they are not pitted or you will have to remove the pits yourself.)
Looking for a tasty appetizer with dates and cheese? Try Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates With Balsamic.
How to Make Appetizers With Date and Goat Cheese
Start by cutting each of the dates in half. Take a knife and then cut a small piece of goat cheese, then top the date half with the goat cheese to stuff it.
Next get your chopped nuts ready. If you have chopped walnuts, consider chopping them even more so that they are finally chopped into very small pieces. Placed them in a small bowl or make a small pile with them.
And then individually take each date topped with goat cheese, and dunk it into the chopped walnuts so that they stick to the goat cheese.
These dates and goat cheese bites would be delicious on their own with the chopped walnuts, but adding balsamic reduction adds another delicious flavor.
But first, plate the dates and goat cheese on a platter just as you want to serve them. Then drizzle your balsamic reduction over top.
What is Balsamic Reduction?
Balsamic reduction, or balsamic glaze, is just reduced balsamic vinegar. You can buy balsamic glaze in the grocery store. But if you don’t have, it you can make it from balsamic vinegar if you have that on hand.
To make it, simply bring balsamic vinegar to a boil and then let it simmer. Stir it continually and watch it fairly closely. Let it cook until it is as thick as you like it, into a glaze-like consistency.
How to Serve Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates with Balsamic Reduction
To serve balsamic glazed dates, just present them on a platter. You can use toothpicks for each one, or just serve them without toothpicks. But remember to have napkins on hand because stuffed dates with goats cheese are fairly sticky, Especially with a balsamic reduction.
If you want to serve it warm, you can bake it in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, adding the balsamic reduction after cooking.
Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates With Balsamic Reduction
- toothpicks (optional)
- 8 – 10 dates (medjool or California with pits removed)
- 2 ounces goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 1 teaspoon balsamic glaze (balsamic reduction)
- First gather your ingredients.
- Cut each of the dates in half and top each half with goat cheese.
- Chop the chopped walnuts even more, making them finely chopped, and put them in a small bowl or a pile.
- Dip each date half with goat cheese into the chopped walnuts, to top the cheese with the walnut pieces.
- Set each date on a serving platter. Top with balsamic glaze, or balsamic reduction.
- Serve with or without toothpicks. Dates are fairly sticky, so if you are serving them without toothpicks, have napkins on hand.