This weekend was my friend Rachel’s bachelorette weekend. She did something that I think every bride should do and planned her bridal shower and bachelorette festivities for the same night so that her out of town friends wouldn’t have to travel twice. Seriously, all brides-to-be should take cue from Rachel.
She also won me over when her two primary requests for the evening included champagne & karaoke.
I’m just saying.
Naturally, I was tasked with planning a menu and making appetizers for the pre-party, a task that I think we all know I enjoyed immensely. Sometimes when I entertain I like to stick to a theme of sorts – or at least try to keep the flavors consistent – and this would have been an easy one since Rachel is a most-of-the-time vegan.
Though I did whip up a couple of vegan recipes (like Thai spring rolls and these chocolate cupcakes from Brown Eyed Baker) I decided that we also needed some good old-fashioned cheese. In addition to a few different types of cheese and crackers I made these stuffed dates that I’ve seen all over the internet but think their original origin is Martha Stewart.
I decided to make them at the very last minute – they’re so, so easy that you can do that. Yes. At 4:00pm when your guests are coming at 7:00pm you can decide to add an elegant dish to your table. Whenever I’ve made these, its been to serve as a finger food, but if you were hosting a formal dinner party these would be perfect to pass around during cocktails.
Goat Cheese and Pistachio Stuffed Dates
Adapted from The New Classics by Martha Stewart
Makes 16 (32 pieces)
What You Need:
5 ounces soft goat cheese
1/4 cup shelled salted pistachios, coarsely chopped
16 plump, soft dried dates (preferably Medjool), pitted and cut in half lengthwise
In a small bowl, combine goat cheese and pistachios. You don’t need a food processor or anything fancy: just a small bowl and a wooden spoon. When finished, set aside.
Arrange dates, cut side up, on a platter. Using a small spoon and your fingers, fill each date with about half a teaspoon of the filling. Depending on the size of your dates you can use more or less filling. If you’d like, garnish with additional chopped pistachios and drizzle with honey.