In all the party food I have every prepared, nothing has disappeared faster than Prosciutto-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese.
Sticky sweet dates are stuffed with creamy goat cheese, then wrapped with smoky, salty prosciutto and drizzled with a bit of honey or maple syrup. Once they are baked, the goat cheese becomes warm and gooey, the prosciutto crisps, and the honey or maple syrup transforms into a glaze.
The entire experience bring every flavor and texture component together in one easy-to-pop package, which explains their early disappearing act from the party food platter.
Since the dates are going to be gone in a flash, you may want to consider serving them alongside some equally delicious partners who will linger a bit longer. May I suggest Warm Brie with Blackberry Compote and Maple Chipotle Snack Mix? You will not be disappointed.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese
- 12 ounces Medjool dates, pitted
- 6 ounces goat cheese
- 10-12 slices prosciutto
- honey or maple syrup for drizzling
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Carefully split each date open and spoon a bit of goat cheese into the cavity of each one. The date should be very full, but don't worry about making it perfect. Squeeze each date back together, enclosing the goat cheese inside of it. They will look messy and imperfect, but it will all bake together beautifully in the oven.
- Slice the prosciutto in half lengthwise to create long strips, or tear it with your hands. Again, don't worry about getting it perfect. Prosciutto gets difficult to handle as it warms up, so don't be afraid to stick it in the freezer for a few minutes if gets too sticky. Wrap each stuffed date in a strip of prosciutto and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Drizzle the dates with a bit of honey or maple syrup. Bake for 8 minutes or until the prosciutto is crisped and brown and the honey or syrup has caramelized a bit.
- Serve the dates hot or at room temperature.