Datteri Ripieni {Cheese stuffed dates with Prosciutto}

I love quick and easy appetizers. I also like to shake things up. This recipe fits both of those criteria. Datteri Ripieni are Italian for stuffed Dates. These are stuffed with a creamy and luscious combination of goat cheese and mascarpone cheese. With some herbs thrown in for good measure. This is a sweet, savory and salty little package that will tickle your taste buds.

To make my job even easier I like to purchase the dates that are already pitted. Their holes are just sitting there begging to be filled with cheesy goodness. And who am I to disappoint them ; ) You can even prepare these in advance, pop them into your fridge and pull them out about 20 minutes or so before guests arrive so they can come up to temperature. Easy peasy entertaining {is there any other kind ; ) not in my house LOL}

I will warn you, they’re quite addictive. You don’t even want to think about halving the recipe, oh no tee hee.

Baci!


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What you’ll need:
2 ounces goat cheese – room temperature
2 ounces mascarpone cheese – room temperature
1/4 cup fresh basil – finely chopped
salt/pepper
8 ounces dates – pitted
8 slices of prosciutto – sliced into strips that are wide enough to wrap around your dates

Adapted from: “Giada at Home”

What to do:
1. Into a bowl mix together the cheeses, basil. Season with salt and pepper. Place cheese mixture into a piping bag fit with a long slender tip.

2.  Pipe the cheese filling into each date. Wrap each date with a slice of prosciutto. Secure with a toothpick.

Buon Appetito!

14 Comments

  1. 1

    that’s right you should never deprive a pitted date of being stuffed :)

  2. 2

    I LOVE this treat. I had it for the first time last December and have been stuck on it ever since.

  3. 3

    Ok I love dates! I love mascarpone! and I love love love goat cheese and prosciutto. You knocked me down with this recipe! So quick and so dangerous!

  4. 4
    K Moran /

    WOW! What a combo…

  5. 5

    I love the combo of salty prosciutto with creamy goat cheese and sweet/caramely dates. These are hard to stop eating once you start :)

  6. 6

    I believe you when you say these are addictive. Sweet, salty, cheesy – love it all!

  7. 7

    This combination of sweet and salty sounds so amazing! Thanks for such a great recipe–I definitely want to give this a try!

  8. 8

    love the combination of ingredients! what a sexy and tasty appetizer. perfect for wines and martinis…. U

  9. 9

    So simple and beautiful. I will buy pitted dates too!

  10. 10

    LOVE this idea, all my favorite ingredients, and your pictures are awesome too!

  11. 11

    Wonderful recipe! Love prosciutto, bet it went very well with the dates.

  12. 12

    Oh My! “To die for” appetizer, Goat cheese, dates, and prosciutto. Three ingredients, A match made, in HEAVEN! …and what beautiful photos of it. Thank you for sharing.

  13. 13

    Such a beautiful appetizer. Goat cheese, dates, and prosciutto.
    Three ingredients…a match made in Heaven.
    Thank you for sharing.

  14. 14

    Oh wow, this is like a dream. I really want to try this recipe. I actually just tried prosciutto for the first time a couple months ago, and fell in love with it. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Here’s one of my favorites with prosciutto: Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp.

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