Looking for something that you can whip up quickly and easily for your guests?
These cheese and walnut stuffed dates are very simple, yet very elegant. I have served them when I have guests to dinner, and usually get lots of complements.
- Pitted dates (I prefer organic like these)
- Walnuts (These are organic, too.)
- Cream cheese (The options here are endless!)
- Open up your pitted dates, and fill them with cream cheese.
- Push a walnut half into the cheese filled date.
- Repeat with the rest of your dates.
It doesn’t get much quicker or easier than that!
One thing to keep in mind is that if you can get ahold of organic dates, I highly recommend them. Here in Spain a plague of the red palm weevil is killing off many different types of palm trees, especially the date palm and Canary Island date palm. To try to save the trees, they are constantly being sprayed with high doses of pesticides. We actually had two Canary Island date palms and lost them to the beetles. As sad as I was to lose my only palm trees, I was relieved to not have them because by law we had to keep spraying them while they were in our garden. I no longer have to use any sort of pesticides or chemical fertilizers in my garden.
The red palm weevil is highly invasive and affects the date palms of many regions now. I can only imagine that most date trees are highly sprayed as a result, and prefer to use organic if I can find it, just to be safe.
As for the cheese, you can really use any type of cream cheese that you like for your stuffed dates. I have used the most common types of cream cheese & have also used a goat milk cream cheese. Both work well to contrast the sweetness of the dates. I haven’t tried a blue cream cheese or mascarpone, but I imagine both would also be quite good too.
Experiment away and show off this tasty new appetizer when your guests come to dinner. It’s perfect for the holidays, and couldn’t be easier to make!