Spring just might finally be here to stay.
Crisp, cool mornings.
Warm, sunny evenings.
And my favorite hour in the springtime is “appy” hour.
It typically happens on Friday and/or Saturday night and it’s the perfect way to unwind from the week.
No stress. No worries.
Just a glass of bubbles, my favorite guy, and an appetizer.
A couple of weekends ago (when Spring was teasing us) we were able to sneak in an “appy” hour on the back deck. And dare I say that it was one of my favorite “appy” hour spreads to date.
Blueberry goat cheese (a Trader Joes must-have items), crackers, a blue cheese for Big Guy and sauteed dates with Greek yogurt.
You heard me right – sauteed dates and Greek yogurt.
When I first saw this recipe I was incredibly intrigued. I love dates (especially stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon) and could only dream that they would be as luscious sauteed.
And they are.
A small amount of olive oil is warmed on the stove-top before adding in the dates. They are sauteed a few minutes (making sure to turn to prevent burning) before being sprinkled with flaky sea salt. I served the sauteed dates with 2% Greek yogurt drizzled with the olive oil from sauteing the dates.
Salty, sweet and incredibly luscious.
And the perfect match for a sparkling glass of champagne.