I’ve heard of them. I’ve thought, “Hmm, those sound interesting!”. And yet, it took me over 26 years to finally give them a whirl. Being a Giada recipe, I figured they would 1) be delicious…but 2) not be so kind to the waistline.
I made these dates for my Mingle with Melt holiday party and of the 6 of us, 5 chose these dates as their favorite appetizer (of 4 different appetizers). Clearly, they were enjoyed by all.
With NYE tomorrow evening, it’s not too late to add these to your appetizer round-up or to bring them to share at your evening’s event. I can almost guarantee that these dates will wow you and everyone you share them with! If you so choose to share them 😉
1/4 cup (2 oz) goat cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup (2 oz) mascarpone cheese, a room temperature
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
20 Medjool dates (12 oz), pitted
8 thin slices prosciutto, cut into 20 oblong pieces
In a small bowl, mix together the cheeses and basil and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Gently pull the dates apart and stuff with about 1 teaspoon of the cheese mixture. Close the dates around the filling. Wrap a piece of prosciutto around each date and secure with a toothpick. Yield: 20 dates.
Nutrition Information (per date): 89 calories; 2.9 g. fat; 9 mg. cholesterol; 185 mg. sodium; 15.6 g. carbohydrate; 1.5 g. fiber; 2.7 g. protein
Result: Um, wow! These were, hands down, the favorite appetizer of the night. Five of the six guests chose this appetizer as their favorite. The flavors worked so well and they come together so quickly. Plus, they can be made ahead of time and kept chilled to make entertaining a breeze! My only wish is that everyone could try these…soon! Enjoy![/print_this]
So, my “big” news. (No, I’m not pregnant, for those of you who guessed my news!)
I resigned yesterday at my clinic. It’s not that I wasn’t happy there — I was very happy. But I had an opportunity fall into my lap closer to home and to campus where I teach (one clinic is 10 minutes from my house, the other is 10 minutes from where I teach), and knowing my teaching schedule for next quarter, this new opportunity would also not have me working Saturdays…or 6 days a week. Five super hectic, long days…but at least it’s not 6.
So I will still be working 3-ish (long) days at dialysis units, just at different locations and with a different company. I’m very excited about the opportunity, but it’s always hard to say goodbye to co-workers and patients.
My new schedule will be a challenge, as will getting back into the swing of things with work and classes starting next week. Going into the new year, it’s going to be all about quick & healthy meals!