Monday, November 23, 2009

Easy Canapés: Medjool Dates with Goat's Cheese

Here's another canapé idea that I brought back from London. Simple, yes, but with good creamy'n'tangy goat's cheese and soft'n'sweet Medjool dates it's an excellent combination. Although dried dates can hardly be called seasonal, then there's something very Christmassy in them, in my opinion, so this would be an excellent hors d'oeuvre with a mug of hot mulled wine or glögg between now and Christmas.

Medjool dates stuffed with goat's cheese
(Kitsejuustuga täidetud datlid)
Makes 12

12 large soft Medjool dates*
100 g creamy and tangy goat's cheese
couple of sprigs of fresh thyme

Using a small knife, carefully make a slit into each date and remove the stone.
Cut the goat cheese into 12 disks and insert a piece of cheese into each date.
Place on a serving tray, garnish with fresh thyme and serve.

* I haven't seen Medjool dates anywhere in Estonia, so I bought couple of packets in London. You could use the dried dates available here, but these are about 3 times smaller than Medjool dates and nowhere near as soft.


Pene said...

Looks very good, but a little too expensive for me to make, Pille.

I think I might make a dip with cream cheese (Philly or Estonian) with chopped dates and walnuts, served with homemade rye bread.

Heidi Park said...

i love medjool dates - esp wrapped in sizzling bacon. and yours with goat cheese looks absolutely divine

Kat said...

oi kui ilusad. super mõte.

gasparini said...

I will try them now that Christmas is comming and you need recipes you can do in a flash. They look grate

Pille said...

Pene - cream cheese might work, too.

Heidi - I wish Medjool dates would be available here in Estonia - I'd love to try the bacon version!!

Kat - kenad jah :)

Gasparini - that'd be an excellent Xmas canapé indeed!

medjool date fan said...

Definetly use medjool dates with this recipe. Regular pitted dates dont work as well.

Anonymous said...

i`ve seen medjool in solaris - there were a small shop with dried fruits and nuts