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Seal Beach Winery

Basil Cream Cheese Date Bites

Recipe Date:
July 13, 2016
Serving Size:
2
Cook Time:
00:20:00
Difficulty:
Easy
Measurements:
Imperial (US)
Of all the ingredients of this dish, prosciutto is the most delicate element and the most sensitive to pairings--too many tannins will render it bitter while too much sweetness will cancel out the natural sweetness of the meat. As a result, try something dry and acidic, like our Barbera or Grenaches. At the same time, dates lend themselves quite nicely to white wines, so our Old Vine Chardonnay wouldn't be a bad matchup either if that's more to your taste.
Ingredients
  • 20 - 30 pitted dates
  • 1 Block of cream cheese
  • 4 - 5 sprigs of fresh basil
  • 1 Package (10-12 slices) of prosciutto
  • 1 Pinch of salt
Directions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, fold together cream cheese and finely chopped fresh basil. Add pinch of salt and stir until well blended. 
  2. Cut a slit down the side of the dates, peeling apart until they are almost flat but do not break in half. 
  3. Spoon the cream cheese mixture into the dates. Don't worry if the dates don't close all the way around, as you'll be wrapping them later. 
  4. Let sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm the cheese. In the meantime, slice the prosciutto into thin pieces (no wider than the length of the dates). 
  5. Wrap the prosciutto around the dates. The dates and cheese should be sticky enough to hold the prosciutto in place, but, if you're having trouble, keep the bites together with a toothpick.