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Stuffed Dates

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Stuffed Dates

I fell in love with stuffed dates last summer at a friend’s BBQ.  The salty, sweet, and creamy combination was addictive.  For such a small bite, it packs big flavour.

If you’re looking for a delicious, easy appetizer that only needs a few ingredients, this is it.  If you aren’t a fan of blue cheese because its flavour is too intense, don’t shy away.  The crazy sweetness from the date and the strong flavour of blue cheese mellow each other out, creating prefect harmony!

I know that Medjool dates aren’t the cheapest dates on the grocery shelf, but they are considered the best. To make this recipe more affordable, the dates are sliced in half, doubling the amount for price.  Personally, I think it’s better this way.  You get equal parts date, gorgonzola, pecan, and prosciutto with each bite.

Making small, pretty appetizers can sometimes be time consuming and fussy, but if you have all the ingredients ready, just work like an assembly line — cut all the dates, then stuff all the dates, then wrap all the dates.  I find it’s quicker and more efficient than prepping, stuffing, and wrapping each date before starting the next.

To make this recipe even quicker, don’t bake it.  They taste delicious as is!

Stuffed Date

Stuffed Dates

Yield: 12

Serving Size: 1

Stuffed Dates

Ingredients

6 large dates (Medjool dates)
55 grams gorgonzola cheese (about 3 tablespoons)
12 pecan halves
3 slices prosciutto, sliced into quarters

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Slice dates in half lengthwise and discard pit. Place date halves cut side up on a strip of prosciutto on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil.
  3. Press ½ teaspoon of gorgonzola cheese into the centre of each date and then cover with a pecan.
  4. Roll up each date with prosciutto. Bake until gorgonzola melts, about 7 to 8 minutes.
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Tips for Stuffed Dates:

  • Using Gorgonzola or Stilton cheese is equally delicious.
  • If you have the opportunity, you can also grill this appetizer.  Just crank the grill to medium heat and grill until cheese is soft and grill lines appear — keep an eye on them though, it’ll only take a couple minutes.
  • Live in a small space? This is the perfect appetizer to make in a toaster oven!

 

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