December 12, 2012

Tailgate Recipes: Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

I made these last weekend for a Holiday Party we hosted, and they were a huge hit! Easy to make and very good. These will definitely "elevate your tailgate" or next party. They are from Giada, and in my book she can do no wrong. Every recipe of her's that I have made has been really good.

1/4 cup (2 ounces) goat cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup (2 ounces) mascarpone cheese, a room temperature
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
16 Medjool dates (12 ounces), pitted
8 thin slices prosciutto, halved lengthwise

In a small bowl, mix together the cheeses and basil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Gently pull the dates apart and stuff with about 1/2 teaspoon of the cheese mixture. 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.

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