These savory Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates are a delicious party appetizer recipe that only takes two ingredients to make!
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It's party season, and I'm all about delicious appetizers.
What is it about appetizers that's so fun? I'm not sure, but I could make a meal out of them party or not!
When you're planning a party, it's tempting to go all out with elaborate recipes. Do yourself a favor though and keep things simple. You'll have more fun at the party, and your guests will never be the wiser.
Instead of complicated appetizers, I prefer easy recipes with unique flavors and unexpected combinations for my get togethers ... like these Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates!
Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates
There is something kind of old fashioned and unsexy about dates, I know. But hear me out, because they're actually pretty delicious.
Dried dates have a chewy texture and sweet taste with a hint of caramel, but there's no sugar added. Pair them with blue cheese, and you have that whole salty sweet thing going on. Yum!
These stuffed dates with blue cheese are the easiest of party appetizers, yet they're so tasty and will definitely impress your guests.
The best part though? Pair these blue cheese dates with a bottle of wine or include them on a cheese plate ... you'll be ready to entertain in under 30 minutes!
How to Make Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates
These dates stuffed with blue cheese couldn't be easier to make ... they're the perfect vegetarian party appetizer, as far as I'm concerned!
I almost hesitate to call this a recipe, since you only need two ingredients for these cheese stuffed dates: blue cheese and dried dates. Feel free to use your favorite kind of blue cheese. A creamy Gorgonzola would be be delicious as would a stronger, sharper blue. If you want to go crazy, you could even stuff these dates with goat cheese instead. 😉
As far as the dates go, you'll want to look for California dates, which are relatively easy to find, or Medjool dates. If you can, buy the dates from a bin instead of prepackaged. That way you can examine them and pick the best ones. I've seen dried dates in bins in the produce section and in the bulk foods section.
If you can't find dates in your local grocery store, then you can purchase them online. These California dates get great ratings!
One tip to keep in mind is that dried dates come in all different sizes. Mine were on the small side compared to other dates I've purchased in the past. If your dates are especially large, you might need a little extra blue cheese.
To make this stuffed dates recipe, you'll start by slicing the dates from end to end (just through the top layer, not all the way through). If your dates have pits, remove them.
Then, you'll cut the blue cheese into small slices and insert them into the dates. I like to smoosh the cheese down a bit to fill the dates' cavities. And that is really all there is to making this yummy stuffed dates appetizer!
Serve your Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates on a pretty platter (I used my marble cake stand) for a simple, yet elegant appetizer. And you may want to double the recipe, because your guests won't be able to stop at one!
Love these Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese?
If you like this stuffed dates recipe, here are some other easy appetizers you will enjoy, too:
- Caprese Salad Skewers
- Feta, Pepper, and Olive Bites
- Creamy Lemon Artichoke Spread
- How to Arrange an Easy Cheese Plate
- Creamy Ricotta Blue Cheese Spread
- Southwest Hummus with Spicy Corn Relish
Still looking for more app ideas? Then check out all of my appetizer recipes!
Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates
- 24 dried dates (look for California or Medjool)
- ¼ pound blue cheese
- Cut dates from end to end (but not all the way through). If dates still have seeds, remove and discard them.
- Slice cheese into 24 pieces.
- Insert cheese into sliced dates, pressing slightly to fill cavity.
- Serve dates immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat. Enjoy!
What is your favorite easy vegetarian party appetizer?