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Blistered Dates with Cream Cheese, Honey and Mint

  • Prep Time 0:20
  • Cook Time 0:04
  • Estimated Cost $6

I shamelessly stole the idea of stuffing dates with soft cheese and serving them with mint from Samovar, a very special tea house in San Francisco—they serve dates stuffed with creamy goat cheese and fresh mint with their delicious Moorish Tea Service.

While I love that preparation of dates, around the holidays, I tend to prefer hot food, and so today I experimented with just briefly popping cream-cheese-stuffed dates under the broiler. The result was sticky-sweet fruit with blistered skins and a bubbly-brown, gently-warmed filling. A touch of honey, salt and pepper just puts them over the top.


  • about 30 dried, pitted dates (any kind--I used Deglet Noor) $3.50
  • 8 oz. cream cheese $1.50
  • honey Pantry
  • salt and pepper Pantry
  • about 30 fresh mint leaves $1 for a bunch

Recipe Serves 6


  1. Preheat broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Use a sharp knife to split each date lengthwise on one side, so it opens up.
  3. Fill each date with about 1 tsp cream cheese. Arrange the dates on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Top each date with a few drops of honey and a light sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  5. Broil for 3-4 minutes, just until the cheese begins to brown and the dates blister slightly.
  6. Arrange dates on a serving platter and garnish each with a mint leaf.

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Carrie, on Dec 24, 10:00 AM, wrote:

Thanks for this recipe, they look so yummy! I’m making these for our family’s Christmas Eve tonight.

Brianna, on Dec 28, 07:35 AM, wrote:

This looks ridiculous. As in, I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing.

Polly, on Jul 18, 07:27 AM, wrote:

Wow, these look great! How would they do if you prepared them ahead of time and served them at room temperature?

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