Honey, Basil & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

I made these goat cheese stuffed dates on a weeknight when the light was fading and the kitchen was messy. “These would make a great item for celebrating something special,” I thought. I remembered then that my daughter had taken her first real steps earlier in the day, and that was a reason to celebrate!

People use the phrase “baby steps” all the time when referring to how to accomplish a task or a goal: “Just take baby steps.” I usually thought that the analogy meant “take small steps,” and that was the extent of it.

I don’t think the meaning of this phrase fully sunk in until I watched my baby take her first steps. They were wobbly; they were unsure. Babies’ toes turn in at odd angles and they drag their feet. Sometimes the steps that they take are barely perceptible, sometimes they are far too large, and sometimes they are just right.

So when you have a formidable task or goal in front of you, just remember that the steps towards completing it may be wobbly. They may be unsure. Some days, they might not even look like “real” steps in the right direction, and you will drag your feet. But you are moving forward, and that is what matters.


Honey, Basil & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Serves 3-4

  • 1 T. Honey + extra for garnish
  • Handful of fresh basil, rinsed and finely chopped
  • 4 oz. Crumbled goat cheese
  • A sprinkle of fresh ground black pepper
  • 10 Medjool dates

Rinse the dates, slice them almost in half lengthwise, and remove the pits. Set them aside. In a medium bowl, combine the basil, goat cheese, honey, and pepper with a fork. Stuff each date with the goat cheese mixture. Place on a serving plate and drizzle with honey. Enjoy!

This is the perfect simple appetizer for a get together, or a lovely way to end a meal. The dates are quite rich, so 2-3 per person are a good serving size. The goat cheese mixture would also be a great sandwich spread, or use it as a dip for crackers or pita bread.



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