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Me and my daughter took a cooking class at our community college called Mediterranean inspired small plates...this is one of the recipes we made and we really liked them...putting it here for safe keeping as I want to make again...Hope you enjoy... The recipe calls for Medjool dates, which are less sugary and more tender...
- Soak toothpicks in water while preparing the dates. Use a sharp paring knife to slit each date lengthwise, and pop out the pit. Snip basil leaves from stems - use sharp scissors to avoid bruising the leaves. For larger leaves, slice in half lengthwise.
- Cut prosciutto into strips about 1 inch wide by 4 inches long. For packaged prosciutto this generally means cutting each strip into quarters.
- Preheat broiler.
- With a small spoon, butter knife, or offset spatula, stuff about 1 teaspoons goat cheese into each date.
- Wrap a basil leaf around each date.
- Wrap prosciutto over the basil, securing with a toothpick.
- Place in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
- Broil for about 2-3 minutes, use tongs to turn dates over, and broil another 2-3 minutes until prosciutto is golden and sizzling.
- Transfer to serving dishes.
- Garnish with fresh basil.
- Delicious hot from the over or at room temperature.
Had these once at my brother's wedding and loved them. I used your recipe to make these as part of a large NY's finger food spread. They were loved so much they flew off the plate. I wrapped half of them in prosciutto and half in bacon strips. Both types were gobbled up. Thanks!