Quick and Easy Appetizer: Dates Stuffed with Manchego Cheese

I had no idea I loved dates so much until I attended an event at Whisk gourmet cooking store in Cary's Waverly Place in North Carolina.

Whisk is a locally-owned store that makes foodies squeal with delight. Not only does it have items that every home chef needs, but it also offers cooking courses.  The courses offered are quite extensive.

#OutaboutNC Local Find: Cute Kitchen Store in Cary, North Carolina with cooking lessons and demostrations.

While Whisk chefs prepared a meal for us that showcased the art of entertaining, I kept popping dates stuffed with manchego cheese in my mouth as if it was candy corn.  Yeah, they were that good. Manchego Cheese is from the La Mancha region of Spain. It's made from the Manchega breed of Sheep.  It's a semi-soft cheese with a mild, nutty, fruity, sweet and tangy flavor. For me, that just translates into delicious.  Medjool dates are soft dates that also known to have health benefits.  You usually find them in the produce section of your grocery store, and they are very easy to find in fall and the winter months.

I loved the recipe so much that I wanted to share it with you as well.  It's a little sticky, but so worth it.


Dates Stuffed with Manchego and Topped with Pistachios and Honey

Dates stuffed with Manchego Cheese and Topped with Pistachios and Honey.

1 pound of Medjool Dates (approximately 30 dates)
6 ounces of Manchego cheese, cut into  1" X  1/2" strips
3-4 ounces of pistachios, salted and roasted
Drizzle of honey


Toast pistachios for 10-15 minutes in the oven at 325 degrees. Pull them out when they smell "toasty."

Use a paring knife, and make a slit down the center of one date.

Tuck a cheese strip inside the date, and repeat the same process for all 30 dates. Increase temp to 350 degrees.

Place in a baking dish and warm in a 350-degree oven.

Remove from oven after cheese melts. Approximately 10 minutes.

Let cool for 5 minutes, then drizzle with honey and pistachios.

Easy and Quick Appetizer that is perfect for fall with Dates and Manchego Cheesetopped with Pistachios and Honey. #Entertaining #Appetizers #ManchegoCheese

#OutaboutNC Local Find
Waverly Place Shopping Center
316 Colonades Way - Suite 214
Cary, NC 27518

Updated 10/21/17

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