Mrs. Regueiro's Plate: Cheese-stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cheese-stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

I'm a little late on posting this, but forgive me because I'm catching up on some of the yummy recipes that I made prior to my NY resolutions. It's not low carb worthy, but definitely a tasty treat and low on calories if you eat a couple of them. I fell in love with the simplicity of flavors and how quick and easy it was to prepare. Time is a precious commodity so you can thank me for sharing a simple recipe. These are a perfect blend of salty and sweet that might make you squeal in excitement. (I sure did enjoy a couple but with the practice of everything in moderation because there is no need to deprive yourself of foods that you love, too.)

For New Year's Eve, my husband and I partied on down at our best friend's new house. I was very thankful to be ringing in the New Year with our wonderful friends because they are our second family when we can't be with our own families at times. My girlfriend, Monica, had told me to bring some veggies to accompany some of her tasty dips but as you may know I couldn't help but bring something else to bring for everyone to enjoy. Besides, I was also looking for a quick way to use up the mascarpone cheese that I bought for a cheesecake that I never got around to making but you can always substitute regular cream cheese instead of mascarpone cheese. They are essentially almost the same ingredient, but mascarpone has a slight creamier texture. Make this for your next party!
Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto
Adapted from Giada DeLaurentis
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1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature (Substitute cream cheese)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
16 Medjool dates, pitted and split in half
12 slices of prosciutto, cut in half
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
16 toothpicks or cocktails picks

In a small bowl, mix together the mascarpone cheese and thyme. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Carefully split the medjool dates in half and remove and discard the pits. Spoon about 1 heaping teaspoon into the dates and wrap a piece of prosciutto around it and secure it with a toothpick.

Arrange on a platter and enjoy!

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

For 3 Dates - Calories: 194; Carbs: 22; Sugar: 21; Protein: 6; Sodium: 423; Fat: 10
Review: I doubled the recipe and I had more dates leftover than I had prosciutto. Some of the dates were doubled up, but next time I'll have to buy extra prosciutto.I think some of my friends were quite surprised by my appetizer, and they told me that it tasted very yummy and delicious. One of my friends instantly knew what they were and immediately started gobbling them up. Alex had told me that he had it before and it was one of the best treats that he has enjoyed.
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