Date and Blue Cheese Spread

Serves 12

8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature

4 oz. crumbled blue cheese, at room temperature

1 tbsp. milk

8 Medjool dates, pitted and minced

2 tsp. honey

3/4 oz. finely chopped toasted walnuts

1 tsp. grated lemon zest

1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

1 tbsp. minced fresh Italian parsley


Beat together first 4 ingredients using an electric mixer until completely smooth. Scoop directly onto an 8" serving platter; spread to thickly cover the plate. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with walnuts, lemon zest and pepper. Garnish with parsley. Serve alongside a basket or platter of whole grain crackers for dipping.

Note: This is also delicious on a thin wafer-style lemon, ginger or almond-flavored cookie.