Grilled dates stuffed with goat cheese and then wrapped with prosciutto, the perfect marriage of salty and sweet. Cook them on the grill for an easy appetizer for any occasion.
For Father’s day, I found a grilling cookbook for Mike who does all the grilling in our house. He has perfected steaks so much that we rarely order steaks out as they just don’t measure up. The cookbook has some great marinades and sauces along with tips for grilling lots of different things. While looking through it I saw this recipe for stuffed dates. I had some dates in the pantry thinking I would try something new but hadn’t come up with anything inspiring. Since we were grilling all weekend with the US Open making restaurants off limits, I decided to try Grilled Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese.
What kind of date should you use for stuffed dates
You really want a large date that is soft and moist. Mejdool dates are the best if you can find them. They are grown in warm climates like California, Arizona and Florida in the US. Did you know that dates aren’t dried. They are shipped out fresh, that doesn’t mean they won’t dry out, so store them in the refrigerator or freeze them. For more interesting information about dates, check out this interesting blog post from Eating Bird Food.
I love salty flavors and the prosciutto adds such a nice salty mix to the sweet dates. If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, try boursin, it pairs well with these flavors. Biting into one you get a salty caramelized flavor first and then the tangy melted cheese comes through. The flavor is just unexpected and wonderful. Natalie was extremely skeptical but she is a good sport and took a teeny bite and then smiled and ate two. She declared much to her surprise that they were delicious.
These are not hard to make, the prosciutto holds the cheese and pecans inside the dates so it doesn’t ooze out while grilling. I left out the sun-dried tomatoes, it just seemed too much. If you want something a little different, throw these on the grill before you cook out next time and surprise your guests or family with these little gems.
For a different take on stuffed dates, try Spicy Stuffed Dates that are wrapped in bacon.
Adapted slightly Fire and Smoke
Grilled Dates stuffed with Goat Cheese
- goat cheese
- pecans toasted
- Toast pecans with a pinch of cayenne pepper and a small amount of butter for about 2-3 minutes in the toaster oven or in a small skillet on the stove.
- Split the dates open and remove the pits. Stuff each with 1/2 teaspoon goat cheese and some toasted pecans. Close the dates and wrap in a thin slice of prosciutto. Secure with a toothpick.
- Place on the grill over hot heat about 2 minutes on each side until the prosciutto is lightly toasted. Serve warm.