You can make these up to a day before. Cover and keep chilled until ready to pre-heat the oven and proceed with step 3.
20 slices prosciutto
10 baby bocconcini cheese balls
7 dried dates
1 tsp olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Sprinkling of balsamic vinegar (optional)
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Step 2: To make the bundles, cut each slice of prosciutto into two long strips (cut along the width). Cut a bocconcini ball in half and place one half on the end of one of the prosciutto strips. Cut a date into thirds and add a piece on top of the bocconcini. Roll up the prosciutto strip around the cheese and date, then roll the other strip of prosciutto around the other side of the bundle (so the cheese and date are completely wrapped). Insert a toothpick through the bundle to hold it in place. Repeat process and make 20 bundles.
Step 3: Swirl the olive oil in the bottom of an oven proof dish. Add a couple grindings of black pepper to the oil.
Step 4: Place the bundles into the pan. Bake 25 minutes until the prosciutto begins to turn golden. Serve immediately with a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar over top, if desired.
Makes 20 appetizers