Nathan and I just returned from a week long conference in Las Vegas. Between recovering from slight jet lag and catching up on things we just couldn’t muster the motivation to post a complicated meal. However, this super quick and easy holiday appetizer is perfect for the busy season that lies ahead. They take no more than 15 minutes total and are incredibly delicious. The savory goat cheese and salty prosciutto balances the natural sweetness of the date and when these babies are warm from the oven they literally melt in your mouth. Bring them to your next holiday party!
Most wines that I taste are pretty middle of the road and get a rating of 6-8. They are good but not especially remarkable or memorable. This wine, however, is now on my list of all-time favorites. I was mmm-ing every time I took a sip. And it was only $8.99! It is a juicy wine with strong berry notes that are balanced by spice and a richness that hints of vanilla. It hit all the right notes!
While the bottle touts the spices that make this beer a ‘special winter ale’ it is actually quite a sweet beer. While at first the beer tastes like many other Belgian beers, this ale finishes with a surprising taste of cherries. By itself, it is subtle and makes this beer a perfect after dinner drink. However, paired with our sushi-date appetizers it acts as a punch in the face to your taste buds of cloying dates followed by the cherry flavors in the beer. Not for the faint of heart, but well worth the experience.
1/4 cup soft herbed goat cheese
8 Medjool dates, pitted
2 wide, thin slices prosciutto di Parma, each cut into 4 long strips
16 toothpicks, soaked in water 10 minutes
Heat broiler to low. Cut the ends off of each date and then slice the remaining center portion into 2 pieces. Make sure that the date portion isn’t too large as the date is very rich and can easily overpower the other components. Stuff goat cheese into each date portion; then wrap with a prosciutto strip. Secure with a toothpick. Broil for about 4 minutes. Serve warm.