Prosciutto Wrapped Dates With Goat Cheese

My Prosciutto Wrapped Dates are stuffed with goat cheese, garnished with thyme and ready to eat in just 10 minutes!

I absolutely love snacking on dates, but when you fill them with goat cheese and wrap them in prosciutto they transform into an unforgettable appetizer! They are always the first to disappear at dinners and parties!

Stuffed dates on platter with thyme.

What you’ll need

  • Dates: Medjool dates work best for this recipe, but I’ve used smaller Deglet Noor dates in a pinch.
  • Goat cheese: I like to make this appetizer with a small log of garlic and herb goat cheese, but plain goat cheese will work as well.
  • Prosciutto: Prosciutto completes this appetizer by adding a salty component to balance the flavors.
  • Thyme: Fresh thyme adds a pop of fresh flavor and color to the prosciutto wrapped dates, but is completely optional!
Slices of prosciutto, bowl of dates and log of goat cheese.

Substitutions and variations

Use bacon instead of prosciutto. When I tested this recipe with bacon, I first cooked the bacon for 10 minutes at 400°F (205°C). Then I wrapped the dates, secured them with a toothpick and continued baking until the bacon was crispy.

Add a maple glaze. Coating the prosciutto with a bit of pure maple syrup adds a light sweetness and beautiful shine.

Add a bit of heat. If you’re like me, a sprinkle of cayenne is always a great addition. When I use the maple glaze, I’ll often add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne to 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup.

Step by step instructions

Cutting dates in half lengthwise.

Step 1: Make a slit in each date lengthwise. Make sure not to cut all the way through.

Dates stuffed with goat cheese before wrapping with prosciutto.

Step 2: Stuff the dates with goat cheese. I like to stuff them quite full, so they can’t be closed all the way.

Process of wrapping dates with prosciutto slices.

Step 3: Wrap the dates with strips of prosciutto. Use a toothpick to secure if needed.

Wrapped dates before baking.

Step 4: Bake and enjoy! Cook just until the prosciutto is lightly crispy.

Make ahead and storage

I always prep these prosciutto wrapped dates a day in advance. I then place the stuffed and wrapped dates in an airtight container in the fridge until I’m ready to bake them.

Leftover prosciutto wrapped dates can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Close up of baked dates wrapped in prosciutto topped with thyme.

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Prosciutto wrapped dates on a serving platter garnished with thyme.

Prosciutto Wrapped Dates Recipe


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  • Author: Brit Kapustina
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 dates
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cook Time: 10 minutes
    • Category: Appetizer
    • Method: Oven
    • Cuisine: Global

Ingredients

  • 24 dates*, pitted
  • 4 ounces (110 grams) goat cheese
  • 6 slices prosciutto
  • fresh thyme (optional) to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Make a slit in each date lengthwise (but don’t cut all the way through) and discard the pit.
  3. Stuff the dates with goat cheese.
  4. Cut each prosciutto slice into four pieces (You can cut each slice of prosciutto into two long slices and then cut each of those in half). Wrap a small slice of prosciutto around each date. Secure with a toothpick if needed.
  5. Bake the dates on the prepared baking sheet for 8-10 minutes or until the prosciutto is slightly crispy.
  6. Garnish with thyme leaves if desired.

Notes

Dates: I generally use medjool dates, but have also used Deglet Noor dates with great results.

Spicy maple glaze: For a spicy twist, mix together 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup and 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne. Glaze the prosciutto wrapped dates before baking.

Make ahead: You can stuff and wrap the dates a day in advance and bake right before serving.

Storage: Leftover prosciutto wrapped dates can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Expert tips and tricks

  • Choose quality dates. Your dates should be plump with a glossy sheen. Your dates will be wrinkled, but they shouldn’t be overly hard.
  • Pick a flavored goat cheese. Using a garlic or herbed goat cheese adds extra flavor to this easy appetizer.
  • Use room temperature goat cheese. It’s easier to stuff the dates when the goat cheese is soft.

FAQs

What type of dates should I use?

I prefer Medjool dates, but other types of dates will also work. I’ve also tested this recipe with Deglet Noor dates and they work wonderfully. Deglet Noor and other date varieties are often smaller than Medjool, so you may need more dates.

Do I need to secure the prosciutto with a toothpick?

I generally don’t use a toothpick to secure the prosciutto, but you definitely can if it’s not staying in place.

What cheese pairs well with dates?

Goat cheese is my favorite option for dates, but you could also try cream cheese, blue cheese or ricotta in this recipe.

Can I use bacon instead of prosciutto?

Yes! First cook the bacon for 10 minutes at 400°F (205°C). Allow to cool slightly, then wrap the stuffed dates and secure with a toothpick. Continue cooking until the bacon is crispy.

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