Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cheese Stuffed Dates

A couple of months ago, some friends had a house warming party.  They served this appetizer.  They went fast!  I recreated them for something to snack on on Christmas day, while we were cooking and waiting for dinner.  I made half with the prosciutto and half without.

1 pound dates
4 ounces goat cheese
4 ounces marscapone cheese
10 fresh basil leaves, torn
Salt and pepper to taste
Prosciutto (optional), cut into 1 1/2 inch strips

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Slice the dates length wise and discard the pits.  In a small bowl, combine the cheeses, basil, salt, and pepper.  Stuff the dates with the cheese mixture.  If you choose to make this vegetarian, skip ahead to the baking instructions.  If not, wrap each date with a strip of prosciutto. 

Place the dates on a baking sheet (lined with aluminum foil makes clean up very easy).  Bake for about 8 minutes, or until the cheese is slightly melted and the prosciutto is crispy.  Serve while warm.

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