Cheese-Stuffed Dates With Prosciutto RecipeEasy party appetizers from Giada de Laurentiis, host of the Food Network's Giada at Home and Everyday Italian. Dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in prosciutto are a perfect sweet-salty combination. Serve these with a crisp white wine as the ideal before-dinner tidbit.
1/4 cup (2 oz.) goat cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup (2 oz.) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
16 Medjool dates (12 oz.)*
8 thin slices prosciutto, halved lengthwise
* The sweetest, best kind of dates are Medjools. They’re large, so they are easy to fill, meaty, and chewy.
Step 1: In a small bowl, mix together the cheeses and basil. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 2: With a knife, make a lengthwise incision in each date. Gently open the dates slightly and remove the pits. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon cheese mixture inside each one. Close the dates around the filling. Wrap a piece of prosciutto around each date and secure with a toothpick. Arrange the stuffed dates on a platter and serve.
Reprinted with permission from Giada de Laurentiis’ Giada at Home (2010 Clarkson Potter).