Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto Recipe

The sweetest, best kind of dates are Medjools. They’re large, so they’re easy to fill, and when tuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in prosciutto, they provide a perfect sweet-salty mouthful in every bite. Serve them with a crisp white wine as an ideal before-dinner nibble.–Giada de Laurentiis

LC Gently Does It Note

Tempted to rush headlong into assembling—and consuming—this classic appetizer? A touch of patience, please. Don’t rush through this cinch of a hostess trick so quickly that you get sloppy when you ease the pits from the dates and tuck the goat cheese inside. After all, though they’ll disappear quickly, you want them to look beautiful on that platter.

Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto Recipe

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • Serves 4 to 6


  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) mascarpone, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped basil leaves (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 Medjool dates (about 12 ounces)
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto, halved lengthwise


  • 1. In a small bowl, mix together the goat cheese and mascarpone cheese and basil, if using. Season with salt and pepper.
  • 2. Using a sharp paring knife, make a lengthwise incision about 1 inch long in each date. Using the tip of the knife, gently prod open the dates enough to remove the pits.
  • 3. Carefully spoon about 1/2 teaspoon cheese mixture inside each date. Gently press the dates to close the slit around the filling.
  • 4. Wrap a piece of prosciutto around each date and secure with a toothpick or cocktail pick.
  • 5. Arrange the tidily stuffed dates on a platter and serve.
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