...Goat Cheese and Pistachio-Stuffed Dates...

This recipe is a hit.  It's an unexpected combination, a great bite of an appetizer and the goat cheese filling can be made a day ahead and then put in the refrigerator so it makes things easy on the host.

I left some of the pistachio and chive bits on the board so after I fiilled the dates you simply just have to "dip" then in the pistachio mixture.  Adds a nice touch of green.

Another great thing about this recipe- you can assemble everything 3 hours before the party.  Just cover them up with plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge.

Recipe thanks to Martha.  Makes 16.

Ingredients You'll Need:

4 ounces soft goat cheese
3 tablespoons shelled, salted pistachios, toasted and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon chives, chopped.  (Plus more for garnish)
Freshly ground black pepper
8 plump soft dried dates (Medjool work well)  Pitted and halved lengthwise

1.  Stir together the goat cheese, 2 tablespoons pistachios, and the chives in a small bowl until smooth.  Season with pepper.

2. Arrange the dates, cut side up, on a platter.  Using a small spoon place the filling into each date then 'dip' the dates into the remaining pistachios and chives to garnish.

Wine Pairing:
Coleaux Du Languedoc    (Joan's House wine)    France

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