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17.7.14

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates #Foodie Friday #Food of the World

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates: simplelivingeating.com



High in fiber, high in calcium, low in fat... and I have the nerve to call these Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates appetizers... I mean come on, they are down right healthy.

But that's Greek food for you, it is tasty and healthy. My family and my waistline have been enjoying our Food of the World visit to Greece this month.

These stuffed dates are so simple to make you literally just throw some goat cheese, mint, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper in a food processor and then stuffed the dates.


Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates: simplelivingeating.com

These are great for a summertime get together because you can leave them out in the heat for hours. 

The contrast between the sweetness of the dates and the fresh citrus taste of lemon... with the surprise bright mouthfuls of mint; make this a perfect picnic treat.

Serve them with figs, and olives like I did. They are also great with apricots and hummus. 


Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates: simplelivingeating.com


Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

Ingredients:

2 ounces soft goat cheese
2 teaspoons fresh mint leaves minced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
4 teaspoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
salt and pepper
12 Medjool Dates pitted


Directions:

1) Put all of the ingredients except the dates in a mini-food processor or a blender and mix until just blend. Check flavor for salt and pepper.

2) Put about teaspoon of the goat cheese mixture in each date. Any left over goat cheese spread on bread or dip with pita chips.







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24 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the party and feature, Diane! Have a great weekend! :)

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    1. You are very welcome.. you are a great baker.

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  2. Hi Diane,
    Your goat Cheese Stuffed Dates look delicious, I just love dates with or without the cheese, this is a great appetizer! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks Miz Helen,
      I have been enjoying our visit to Greece. I have tried so many great foods this month.

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  3. Thanks for hosting Diane - hope you are having a fun summer!!

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    1. Great summer.. meeting some fellow bloggers this weekend.

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  4. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting the party. Have a great weekend.
    Annamaria

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  5. Diane,
    That is definitely one exotic appetizer! I love the ingredients in the filling and love the date idea - maybe even stuffing some celery with it? Looks delicious.

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    1. I love the idea of using celery.. totally different taste, but it would work really well.

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  6. I am still so jealous of your love and exposure to what I think of as unusual ingredients. :) I have put dates in smoothies, but I have never eaten one straight, or with goat cheese. I'm not sure that I have ever even tried goat cheese. Thanks for the party, and for broadening my horizons!! Have a great weekend. :)

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    1. Fried Steak and hush puppies are exotic to me. Growing up around so many Italians dates are just something that was on the table with the nuts.

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  7. That is such a lovely appetizer !

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    1. Thanks Tanusree and simple to make too.

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  8. Love your stuffed dates and it's so nice that they can be served at room temperature. That's so important for buffets at any time of the year. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. Yes, it is Sam, and it seems that they are exotic so even more interesting to put dates out at a party for conversation.

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  9. What a yummy party Diane. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. You are welcome... always a pleasure to have you here Nancy.

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  10. Thank you. I love stopping by your fabulous party each week. Please come and party with us. We would love to have you. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

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  11. Hi Diane -- your Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates look wonderful, I'm sure I'd like them a lot! Thanks for such a lovely party here today.

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  12. Hi Diane....thank you so much for hosting. All those features look amazing!! Have a great week! :)

    Sandi @ A New York Foodie

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  13. Diane I love that you put mint in your stuffed dates! That's so original and I can imagine they'd be super fresh. I like putting bacon in mine too but I would gladly trade mine for these. They look outstanding.

    Thanks for hosting the link up! Have shared my pan seared asparagus with poached egg and vanilla honey'd rhubarb sauce. Both are kind of ridiculously good.

    Xo!

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    1. So good to see you Kristy... are you settled in and back to blogging? Will check out your recipe, sounds terrific.

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  14. These look fantastic! I love Greek food. It's especially great that they can hold up in the heat, makes things so much easier. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

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