Prosciutto Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Dates

a close up of a prosciutto wrapped date on a tray

Winner, winner! This quick and easy appetizer recipe is always a huge hit at my dinner parties! You’ll love these Prosciutto wrapped cheese stuffed dates, served with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and honey! Every bite is packed with incredible flavor! From the sweet dates to the creamy cheese, to the salty prosciutto, these are simply divine! Plus, they’re super easy to make and can be made ahead of time!

My Prosciutto & Cheese Dates Video Tutorial

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Ingredients for Prosciutto Wrapped Dates

This easy prosciutto date appetizer requires just a few ingredients! Most of these items are readily available at your grocery store!

  • Medjool Dates: I recommend using these larger dates since they’ll fit more cheese. Also, get the unpitted dates! They will be easier to fill and will have retained their shaped better during packaging and transport.
  • Prosciutto: this thinly sliced salted pork is incredible delicious and versatile!
  • Soft Cheese: I love to use goat cheese for this recipe but you can also use other cheeses! Mascarpone, blue cheese or gorgonzola cheese will all work well!
  • Honey & Balsamic Glaze: you can add one or both of these when you’re serving the stuffed dates.
  • Fresh Thyme: I love adding a bit of fresh thyme to these prosciutto dates. You can however make this recipe without the thyme, too!
  • Balsamic Glaze or Honey: I like to use both honey and the glaze when serving the dates. Make sure to use balsamic glaze, not balsamic vinegar. The glaze should be thick and syrupy in consistency and sweet to taste.
a close up of prosciutto wrapped cheese dates on a serving tray, with honey

Scale it Up or Down!

Whether you need 5 or 40 stuffed cheese dates, this recipe is for you. You can easily scale this recipe up or down depending on how many appetizers you need. This recipe is great for larger parties, too!

Preparing for the Recipe

I recommend beginning the recipe by softening the cheese. I typically allow my goat cheese to soften at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This will make it easier to fill the dates. If you’re using mascarpone cheese, soften it for just 10 to 15 minutes. Hard blocks of blue cheese should be softened for about 30 minutes, then crumbled.

stuffed dates wrapped in prosciutto on a tray with pomegranate arils

How to Make Prosciutto Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Dates

Making these prosciutto wrapped cheese stuffed dates is a breeze! Here’s how I put this easy appetizer recipe together:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. While the cheese is softening, prepare the dates. Using a paring knife, cut across the top of each date and pull out the pit.
  3. Using a small spoon or spatula, stuff each date with a generous amount of softened cheese, then lightly press the date closed. It won’t close all the way.
  4. Cut or pull apart each prosciutto slice into 3, lengthwise pieces. Using a knife to cut the prosciutto will create neater slices. Wrap each date with the prosciutto, then place the wrapped and stuffed dates onto the baking sheet, with the seam facing upwards.
  5. Brush the dates lightly with olive oil using a pastry brush. Sprinkle the dates with fresh thyme. Bake the dates at 425F for about 8 to 12 minutes, until the cheese is softened and the prosciutto is lightly crispy.

Serving the Prosciutto & Cheese Dates

I love to enjoy these stuffed dates while they’re still warm, when the cheese is soft inside!

  1. Remove the baked dates from the oven and onto a serving tray. Drizzle the dates lightly with honey and/or balsamic glaze. You can also sprinkle more fresh thyme and pomegranate arils to garnish the tray.
  2. Serve the appetizer warm, within an hour. Wait about 5 minutes for the dates to cool first.
a serving tray with cheese stuffed dates wrapped in prosciutto

Make-Ahead Instructions

Need to do some prep work ahead of time? This easy prosciutto date appetizer recipe is great for making ahead of time. Simply prepare the dates, place them onto a baking sheet and wrap the tray with plastic wrap. Keep the date refrigerated until you’re ready to bake them. These can be prepared 1 to 3 days in advance.

More Appetizer Recipes!

Enjoyed this easy appetizer recipe? I have tons of delicious options! Make sure to check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!

  • Spinach & Panela Tartlets – these mini cheese tarts are so easy to make and packed with flavor! I love the combination of creamy cheese and bits of spinach.
  • Prosciutto & Burrata Appetizer – quick and easy crostini recipe: baguette topped with salty prosciutto, creamy burrata and tasty bruschetta!
  • Fig & Prosciutto Crostini – I love these easy crostini made with creamy cheese, sweet fig jam, topped with prosciutto.
  • 5 Easy Crostini Recipes – planning a dinner party? Try my five easy crostini recipes, which offer a large range of flavors!

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Supplies & Tools

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  • Balsamic Glaze: this is the exact same glaze I like to use in my kitchen!
  • Medjool Dates: if you’re unable to find unpitted dates in your grocery store, these are the same dates I used in my video!
  • Small Baking Tray: use this smaller baking tray when you’re baking a smaller recipe like this one.
  • Rubber Pastry Brush: I prefer to use rubber pastry brushes versus bristle brushes since they’re much easier to wash.

Prosciutto Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Dates (video)

15 mins prep + 10 mins cook
25 pieces
Quick and easy appetizer recipe for any occasion! Cheese-stuffed dates wrapped in prosciutto, baked, and served with honey and balsamic glaze!

Ingredients 

  • 20 to 25 whole medjool dates, unpitted
  • 6 oz goat cheese, softened
  • OR mascarpone, blue cheese, or gorgonzola
  • 8 to 10 slices prosciutto
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme

For Serving:

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp balsamic glaze

Instructions

Preparing for the recipe:

  • I recommend beginning the recipe by softening the cheese. I typically allow my goat cheese to soften at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This will make it easier to fill the dates. If you’re using mascarpone cheese, soften it for just 10 to 15 minutes. Hard blocks of blue cheese should be softened for about 30 minutes, then crumbled.
  • Preheat the oven to 425F/218C and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.

Making the Stuffed Dates:

  • While the cheese is softening, prepare the dates. Using a paring knife, cut across the top of each date lengthwise and pull out the pit.
  • Using a small spoon or spatula, stuff each date with a generous amount of softened cheese, then lightly press the date closed. It won’t close all the way.
  • Cut or pull apart each prosciutto slice into 3, lengthwise pieces. Using a knife to cut the prosciutto will create neater slices. Wrap each date with the prosciutto, then place the wrapped and stuffed dates onto the baking sheet, with the seam facing upwards.

Baking & Serving:

  • Brush the dates lightly with olive oil using a pastry brush. Sprinkle the dates with fresh thyme. Bake the dates at 425F/218C for about 8 to 12 minutes, until the cheese is softened and the prosciutto is lightly crispy.
  • Remove the baked dates from the oven and onto a serving tray. Drizzle the dates lightly with honey and/or balsamic glaze. You can also sprinkle more fresh thyme and pomegranate arils to garnish the tray.
  • Serve the appetizer warm, within an hour. Wait about 5 minutes for the dates to cool first.

Make Ahead Instructions:

  • Need to do some prep work ahead of time? This easy prosciutto date appetizer recipe is great for making ahead of time. Simply prepare the dates, place them onto a baking sheet and wrap the tray with plastic wrap. Keep the date refrigerated until you’re ready to bake them. These can be prepared 1 to 3 days in advance.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 127IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg