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Prosciutto wrapped dates (with goats cheese)

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Prosciutto wrapped dates (with goats cheese)

Prosciutto wrapped dates

This simple recipe is for a delicious appetizer with prosciutto and consists simply of plump juicy dates stuffed with goats cheese, wrapped in prosciutto and heated in the oven. It is perfect as an appetizer or as finger food. You can serve them hot or cold.

cold stuffed dates

Prosciutto wrapped stuffed dates, served cold and uncooked

Goats Cheese Stuffed Dates

If you want to make this appetizer recipe, then try and find the largest dates you can find. Medjool dates are normally quite well-sized and suitable for use in this recipe. The larger the date, the more cheese you can stuff into them!

For the cheese I have used soft French goats cheese (chèvre) which is easy to spread and use for filling the date. But if you were feeling even more adventurous, you could try using a blue cheese to stuff the date, which would give a stronger taste, beautifully offset by the sweetness of the date and the salt of the prosciutto.

 

prosciutto wrapped dates with goats cheese

In this picture, you can see the cheese in the first date

 

Prosciutto is the Italian word for ham. We use it here to describe uncooked dry-cured thin-sliced ham, which is a delicious salty tasting product from various parts of Italy. There are several types of Prosciutto which are a Protected Designation of Origin, such as Prosciutto di Parma, which I used in these photos.

But really for the purpose of this recipe, you could use any thin-cut dry-cured ham. So you may wish to use Jamón Serrano, for example, instead, which is a Spanish dry-cured ham.

 

serrano wrapped stuffed dates

In this photo I used Serrano ham. If you do not wrap properly the cheese escapes!

You may even want to try goat cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon, as long as you can find bacon that is thin enough. If you do try this using bacon you will definitely need to cook the bacon though, to make it safe. The prosciutto di Parma or Jamón Serrano on the other hand, can be eaten raw (as it normally is).

To bake or not to bake? 

Well, this depends on what you are after, something hot or cold. Eaten hot or cold these appetizers with prosciutto are delicious. If you want a quick appetizer, leave them cold. If you want something with a bit more excitement, that is, the warm gooey goat’s cheese surprise inside, then cook them.

prosciutto wrapped dates

Prosciutto Wrapped Dates

 

Cooking these will give you some crispy prosciutto-wrapped dates with a delicious soft warm goats cheese inside that perfectly combines with the sweet taste of the date and the salt of the prosciutto. Delicious!

So if you are looking for some prosciutto appetizers, then these stuffed dates wrapped in prosciutto are a great appetizer idea at any time of the year.

How to make prosciutto wrapped goats cheese stuffed dates  

Prosciutto wrapped dates (with goats cheese)

Prosciutto wrapped dates (with goats cheese)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This simple prosciutto-wrapped dates using dates stuffed with goats cheese is a great appetizer or finger food for your dinner party. Serve hot or cold.

Ingredients

  • Pitted dates (Medjool dates if you can get them)
  • Soft Goats cheese (chèvre)
  • Prosciutto

Instructions

  1. Pit the dates, if they are not already pitted.
  2. Stuff the dates with goats cheese using a knife.
  3. Cut the prosciutto slices to suit the size of date.
  4. Wrap the date in prosciutto, making sure to fully envelop the date, to prevent cheese escaping during cooking.

Optional

  1. Place on a baking tray or a ceramic pot in a preheated oven at 180C for 15 minutes.

Notes

Serve as a starter or as finger food with drinks. Can be served hot or cold.

Use a cocktail stick to pick up the appetizer.

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