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Citrus Dates with Smoked Ham

Almost as sweet as figs, dates are so often forgotten around the Holidays, I would love to share my favorite date recipe with you.


For 4 people


  • 12 large dates*
  • 6 slices smoked ham or prosciutto
  • 3 ounce(s) Brie cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon(s) grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon(s) grated lemon zest
  • 1 pinch(es) salt

Citrus Dates with Smoked Ham Directions

  1. Using a paring knife, slit each date lengthwise on one side only and remove the pit. Cut the ham slices to fit around dates.
  2. Combine the Brie cheese, orange and lemon zest and salt in a small bowl. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture into the center of each date and close gently.
  3. Wrap each date with a strip of prosciutto, arrange on a serving platter and allow to come to room temperature before serving.
  4. * Many times, dates are not pitted. When you cut them open, make sure that the pits are removed or remove them yourself, they pop right out