Whipped Goat Cheese with Dates, Almonds, & Citrus

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian // Serves 6-8

This savory, yet sweet Whipped Goat Cheese Dip with Dates, Almonds, & Citrus is going to be the talk of your holiday parties this year! Plus, it's gluten-free and vegetarian.

Featuring a base of goat cheese and cream cheese with fresh thyme, supremed oranges, Medjool dates, and marcona almonds, this dip is sure to disappear quickly from the appetizer table. Our tip? Make extra!

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min

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Whipped Goat Cheese Dip with Dates, Almonds, & Citrus

INGREDIENTS

3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 oranges, supremed and rind peeled and reserved
3 tbsp olive oil
7 Medjool dates, pitted and torn
1/2 cup water
10 oz goat cheese, room temperature
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
½ tsp Sea salt
⅓ cup marcona almonds
Fresh thyme, for topping
Flaky salt, for topping

DIRECTIONS

1. Place a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, followed by the sprigs of thyme. Add the supremed citrus and rind and saute for 2-3 minutes to allow the citrus to release some juices. Remove citrus from pan. Set aside to cool.
2. To the same pan, add the medjool dates and water. Allow dates to steam in the water for 5-6 minutes to soften without losing too much shape. Set aside.
3. In a food processor, add the goat cheese, cream cheese, 2 tbsp olive oil and salt. Blend until smooth and a whipped consistency forms.
4. Place whipped cheese onto a shallow bowl, creating a well in the center. Add the dates, citrus and top with marcona almonds.
5. Top with additional fresh thyme and flaky salt.
6. Serve with warm bread or crackers.

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