TV Tuesday #34: Holiday Appetizer – 5 Minute Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

As part of our series to do quick and easy appys that don’t require a lot of ingredients, I wanted to share this super easy holiday appetizer that is not only super tasty, but so easy to make you’ll feel like a rock star in the kitchen.

Now there’s nothing new about goat cheese stuffed dates, but often there are recommendations to wrap it in bacon and then to bake it. Now as super tasty as that sounds, as soon as you need to turn on the oven, the difficulty level gets amped up. Not because baking is difficult, but it’s simply one more thing to worry about, while entertaining, when it’s not even necessary.

This super easy appy can be made ahead of time and can sit out at room temperature for hours without it effecting the taste or the way they look. They come together in 5 minutes and can be jazzed up or down. I’ll give you the jazzed down version with some suggestions to spruce it up if you feel like getting your “fancy” on.

Also, I should note that a Medjool date has 70 calories, then the goat cheese and the nut…do I really need to be baking it with bacon? After all I’m probably not going to be working out as much as usual during the holidays. I don’t really want to make these into 300 calorie bites!


Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese
  • 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme, chives, parsley or rosemary (optional)
  • 12 pecan halves or nuts of choice (optional), or substitute cranberries or pomegranate seeds for a nut free option

See video for instructions.

Yummy variations are:

1/2 minced garlic clove and parsley mixed into the goat cheese


1 tsp orange zest, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 Tbsp rummuxed into the goat cheese. Drizzle stuffed dates with maple syrup or honey.


1 tsp orange zest, 1 Tbsp chives mixed into the goat cheese. Topped with chopped pistachios.


Substitute a mild blue cheese for the goat cheese and top with fresh ground pepper.


Substitute Mascarpone for the goat cheese, add 1/2 tsp ground ginger and top with chopped hazelnuts.


In the comments below, tell me what is your favorite holiday appetizer? Got a link to it? Put it in the comments. 


I’m sharing this with Mangia Monday, Monday Mania, My Meatless Monday,
This Chick Cooks, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, The Tasty Alternative, and Real Food Wednesday.

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10 Responses to TV Tuesday #34: Holiday Appetizer – 5 Minute Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

  1. Joanna @ Plus Other Good Stuff December 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    These look delicious and so easy! I confess I’ve always bought pitted dates – I didn’t know it was so easy to pit them yourself! Lately I’ve been making cream cheese balls – just cream cheese, seasonings of choice (I used Italian), and sun dried tomatoes, formed into balls. Good with crackers or on their own! Thanks for this great idea. :)

    • France Morissette December 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      Hi Joanna, I love that idea. So easy and delicious with flexible seasoning and variations!

  2. Jayne December 5, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    This is so easy! I like it very much. For my family, we don’t do appetizers. We go straight in for the main. That said though, we’ve had these: and these: before our main meal. Count as appetizers, right?

  3. Joanne (eats well with others) December 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    These are absolutely one of my favorite holiday appetizers!

  4. Sheena Nordman December 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    Here is another version I have been making for years, a little more labour intensive, but a definate crowd pleaser.
    Date, stuffed with a piece of Parmesan and almond, wrapped in bacon and baked for 10 min at 350 degrees

    • France Morissette December 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      Hi Sheena, Thanks for sharing your version of this tasty appy. It sounds delicious.

  5. ChefNC March 24, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    Aren’t you concerned about food safety? I would never let anything like that “sit out at room temperature for hours”

    • beyondthepeel April 1, 2014 at 5:00 am #

      I think in North America we are fanatics about food safety. Europeans leave eggs out at room temperature for a week with no concerns. Trust me, no one will get sick.

      • tee July 25, 2014 at 1:58 am #

        Yes, North Americans go overboard on refrigeration. However, eggs here are treated so they must be refrigerated.


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