Last night, Lish and I had a couple of our close friends from college over for a small white elephant gift exchange. Guests were instructed to bring a bottle of wine, a small white elephant gift, an appetizer and their party pants.
I decided to go with my staple, tuna tartar. Eric, as usual, was way more creative. He opted for blue cheese dates wrapped in bacon.
Of course I couldn’t just let it be that simple, so I decided we must also make dates stuffed with goat cheese, thyme and prosciutto.
Mine might have sounded fancier, but his were better.
I’m going to go ahead and blame the fact that we over baked mine.
Regardless, both were delicious.
For the bacon wrapped, blue cheese dates you will need:
1pound of pitted dates
10 pieces of your favorite bacon (the thinner the better)
4 oz your favorite blue cheese
For the prosciutto wrapped, goat cheese dates with thyme you will need:
1 pound pitted dates
10 pieces of prosciutto
4 oz herb goat cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped thyme leaves
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then, slice all of the dates in half. If you can get away with not cutting them all the way through, that would be best. Some of them will slice all the way through and that is fine.
Cut small pieces of your desired cheese and stuff them in side of the dates and then close the dates as if they have never been cut.
If you are making the goat cheese dates, sprinkle a pinch of thyme in with the goat cheese.
Take small slices of your desired meat and wrap the dates once, securing them with a toothpick.
Place the dates on a baking sheet or rack (I opted for a rack so I wouldn’t have to flip them). Either will work fine.
Bake in the oven for 35 minutes for bacon dates and 20 minutes for prosciutto dates. If you are cooking them on a baking sheet, turn them over half way through their cook time.
Serve hot Hot HOT.
People will be super impressed by their fancy name and delicious taste.
I’d like to leave you with this gem. Morgan and Katie with their white elephant winnings.
Love and Beer Floats