And on the 12th day of Christmas… Creative Director Shaun Young gave us an easy-to-make, sweet-and-salty appetizer!
12 large, dried Medjool dates with pits
3 oz blue cheese
6 slices prosciutto
Preheat the oven to 400° F.
With a small paring knife, slit each date lengthwise and spread open just enough to remove the pit while leaving the date intact. Fill the cavity of each date with a small piece of blue cheese and fold the date over the cheese, pressing it back into its original shape.
Cut a strip of prosciutto as wide as each date is long and wrap it around twice, enclosing the date almost completely. Place the dates on a sheet pan and bake for about 8 minutes, until the prosciutto is browned and the cheese starts to melt.
Cool slightly and serve warm.
When you’re cooking for the holidays, you need appetizers that are quick to make and real crowd pleasers. These dates couldn’t be easier, and they’re a culinary delight — offering the perfect balance of salty and sweet. You may want to consider doubling the recipe, as they are sure to be a hit. Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten.