Warm Blue Cheese Dates with Brown Butter and Lime Zest

  • These tasty morsels are perfect, unimprovable, delectable delights that will blow your mind! And we mean “eyes rolling in the back of your head” blown. For this dish, we made a special trip to the Chico farmers market to snag some of the freshest dates, blue cheese, limes, and butter money can buy. The result? Salty-sweet, tart, creamy, warm, and gooey perfection! Nature's candy at its best!
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 3 minutes
  • Serves 6 to 8


  • 16 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 3 ounces blue cheese
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Maldon sea salt flakes, for garnish


  • With a small knife, cut a slit lengthwise into each date and remove the pit. Stuff each date with a morsel of blue cheese and press the two ends back together.
  • Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat; add the dates and cook, swirling and shaking the pan until the butter has browned and the dates are warmed through. Add the lime zest and cook for a few seconds more. Garnish with a very light sprinkle of Maldon sea salt flakes. Serve warm.