Natural Delights’ Medjool Dates truly live up to their name as Nature’s Candy. But even though they’re rich in sweetness, and make a wonderful natural sweetener, that doesn’t mean they can’t be devoured as a more savoury snack, either. One of our favourite ways to enjoy these natural gems over the holiday season was to pair them with the perfect combination of rich and salty, to create these Prosciutto-Wrapped, Goat-Cheese-Stuffed Medjool Dates. A whole platter of them can be thrown together in less than ten minutes, yet they make for such a classy looking (and tasting!) appetizer. We’re sharing the (ridiculously easy) appetizer recipe below, along with some of the wonderful nutritional benefits of Medjool dates.

Ingredients (for 8 wrapped, stuffed dates):

  • 8 Natural Delights Medjool Dates
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 8 thin slices of prosciutto (see below for a vegetarian option)
  • 1 tsp dill (optional)

Directions:

  1. Slice the Medjool dates in half lengthwise, removing the pit.
  2. Stir together the goat cheese and chopped dill (if using) in a small bowl. Spread one heaping teaspoon of goat cheese onto half of each date. Place the other half of the date on top of the goat cheese, sandwiching the cheese between the two halves of the date.
  3. Wrap one slice of prosciutto around each “date sandwich” and place on a platter to serve.

TIP: For a vegetarian option, substitute thinly sliced carrot or cucumber for the prosciutto. To do this, cut fine slices of carrot or cucumber with a vegetable peeler, wrap around the date, and seal in with a fancy toothpick. Alternatively, you could spiralize the carrot and “tie” the appetizers like little packages (we don’t recommend spiralizing the cucumber for this use, as the noodles may be too mushy for tying).

Enjoy!

And…just incase these little bites of heaven aren’t enough to get you on the date bandwagon, we’re sharing some of the nutritional benefits of Medjool dates below (so you can feel good about indulging!).

  • Medjool dates are high in dietary fiber, helping to regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels
  • They are rich in nutrients, including potassium and magnesium, which assist in regulating pH levels and blood pressure, as well as copper, which aids in the absorption of iron
  •  The high manganese content of Medjool dates serves as a cofactor for antioxidants which fight cell damage
  • Their fiber and anti-oxidant content also helps to prevent the formation of arteriosclerosis-forming plaque

Head over to Healthy Eating to learn more about the health benefits of Medjool dates.

Feature Image credit to Simply Romanesco.