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Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese

Here is a tasty appetizer recipe from Wine Guy, Jim Bandy....

Good Medjool dates are sweet, soft, and a great partner for mild and tangy goat cheese. I like these any time of year but the meatless* version is especially good in the summer. The ingredient list couldn't be more simple:


1. Medjool dates
2. Goat Cheese 2-3 ounces for approximately 1pound of dates, more if you really like goat cheese.
3. Prosciutto


A. Soften goat cheese. Mix a few good grinds of black pepper.
B. Slice prosciutto crosswise, the same width as an average date.
C. Slice the date half-way to remove pit and create a pocket.
D. Fill each pocket with approximately 1 teaspoon of goat cheese
E. Wrap filled date in prosciutto and secure with a toothpick.

* For a meatless version, mix 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest into goat cheese with the pepper. Omit prosciutto. These can be made up to a day ahead and covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator.