Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Honey and Pistachio Stuffed Dates

This post is going to be short and sweet. And when I say sweet, I mean it. I found this recipe for stuffed dates online and I wanted to simplify it (as in really simplify) so I could give it out at work. People loved it at work, so I made it for some guests over the weekend. This could pass as a dessert or appetizer and can be made in 45 minutes. I know this might sound like a lot of time, but you can watch TV or listen to the radio while you are relaxing in the kitchen and making these. It's calming, really.

What you will need:

Salted and shelled pistachios (a typical 6-ounce bag)
~40-50 large dates (large Medjool dates work best)
~1/4 cup honey

What you will do:

1. Chop the pistachios

2. Add the honey to the pistachios and mix until the pistachio pieces stick together relatively well (well enough to stuff into the dates)

3. Pit the dates and stuff them with the honey and pistachio mixture.

Seriously, this recipe is too delicious not to make. You could put these out with a cheese tray, or serve them with some vanilla ice cream. Whatever you do, I don't care, make this (someone at work told me this was the best thing they had eaten all year)!

And now on to the dreaded new year's resolution........

I've been writing some posts on my recommendations for new year's resolutions, for other people (more to come this week and next), but have yet to declare my own. The reason for that is simple; I don't think you really care. I'll be honest, I don't really care what yours are, so I figure no one cares about mine. However, since I still continue to read posts about people's declarations of new years resolutions, I figure you might continue reading this one, so I'll go ahead and tell you mine; First, I resolve to do yoga twice a week, and get my arms nice and toned for my September wedding (so far I've been doing well with this) and my second resolution is to do a triathlon next year. Remember my biathlon this year? This year I'm going to swim too! Yikes.

There, it's in writing, now I must do them.

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone!


  1. a triatlon? woooo!!! that sounds fun!!! don't forget to post about how you plan to train for it! :)
    and the wedding? I'm excited to hear about how you will plan for it? I think I can guess what cake you'll have though :)

  2. a triatlon? woooo!!! that sounds fun!!! don't forget to post about how you plan to train for it! :)
    and the wedding? I'm excited to hear about how you will plan for it? I think I can guess what cake you'll have though :)

  3. Oh I love this idea! I would eat these right up!

  4. Great resolutions! Your dates look good too - kinda like baklava, right? I'm allergic to pistachios so I can't try it but dates and honey sounds good!

    My resolutions are to workout because I enjoy it and not to listen to a disordered thought. Also to get to know my neighbors more and keep my house clean

  5. Love this idea! I've stuffed dates with cheese before, but never pistachios. A perfect combo. of crunchy, sweet and salty. And good luck with the yoga. Once you start, it gets addicting because it feels so good!

  6. I just tried dates stuffed with mascarpone and goat cheese recently...oh my gosh. Amazing. These look like the perfect sweet version!

    A tri this year? You rock! I may do the duathlon again this year. We'll see :) Mark's doing the Capital City Half in May...I may join in with that too...I can't decide :)

  7. Oh my gosh! These look AMAZING! I have to try them this weekend.

  8. That recipe looks delicious! I'm gonna have to make it next time we have a party.

    Happy Holidays!!!

  9. stuffed dates has to be my fav appetizer. Yum! Best of luck with the tri! I'm still not so sure about the swimming and got stuck on the biking part :)

  10. Gina you're so fancy! I'm planning on doing a wine tasting party sometime this winter, I'd love to serve these.

  11. LOL...You're hilarious!! I CARE!!!! :) I tried to swim once. I decided I was a sinker not a swimmer and scratched ever doing a triathlon off my list! Land lover here.
    How simple can that recipe get?? I have a friend who is a raw food chef...sounds like something she would definitely approve!

  12. i love dates, but too many = too much fructose.
    and a triathlon sounds exciting; the swimming part would definitely be the scariest part for me.
    hope you had a great christmas!

  13. omg september weddings are my FAVORITE!!!! its going to be so totally gorgeous i can't wait for you seriously haha. i'm putting it on my save the dates hahahaha ;)

    great resolutions! i suck at resolutionizing things so i never make them except small ones like i vow to be more patient with my dad when he leaves shit around or I PROMISE TO MOVE OUTTTTTTTTT hahaha

  14. HI Gina. OOOH...these look sooo good. I have to take an appie to a New Year's Eve dinner. These would be delicous!!! Thanks for all the wonderful posts and recipes you've provided this year. I'm really glad I found your blog.