3 prosciutto wrapped appetizers on a white plate with blackberry garnishes

Hot Date (a manchego stuffed and roasted date with prosciutto)

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Hot Date

You will love serving up a Hot Date!  A date stuffed with Manchego cheese. – right out of the oven.  This Prosciutto wrapped date is an appetizer recipe you will want to keep handy.  The sweetness of the dates and a salty piece of prosciutto make an irresistible snack you’ll love.

Hot Date Dad Jokes

I used to date a guy who was lactose intolerant.  We broke up because he couldn’t take my cheesy jokes!

I agreed to a first date after my husband gave me a bottle of tonic water.  He  Schwepped me off my feet!

I used to date an FBI agent.. It didn’t work.  I now call him my Fed-ex!

When I heard that oxygen and magnesium were dating…I was like OMg.

I have no problem getting dates online.  I also have great luck with pistachios, cashews and almonds.

Manchego is a secret ingredient.  What is Manchego Cheese?

Manchego is a cheese made in the La Mancha region of Spain from sheep milk. It is aged between 60 days and 2 years. Manchego has a firm consistency and buttery texture, often containing small, uneven air pockets.  It is a semi-soft pale yellow cheese.  Manchego has a grassy aroma and a fruity, nutty, and tangy bite. It’s high fat content, up to 57%, contributes to its rich flavor.

What are Medjool dates?

Medjool dates are one varietal out of hundreds of varieties of dates.  Medjools have a sweet, caramel taste and chewy texture.  Medjool dates were originally eaten by royalty and thought to prevent fatigue.  Originally cultivated in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Morocco, the Medjool Date Palm has been thriving in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Florida, Texas, and Louisiana, and even in states as east as South Carolina.

Medjool dates are an excellent source of nutrition. Recent studies have shown that these compounds can stimulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, and improve hormone regulation.


slice of proscuitto being wrapped around a date

Hot Date (a manchego stuffed and roasted date with prosciutto)

3 prosciutto wrapped appetizers on a white plate with blackberry garnishes
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Hot Date

Manchego Stuffed Date
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: Dates, Hot Dates, Manchego
Yield: 24


  • 1 Sheet pan


  • 24 Small Medjool Dates
  • Pound Manchego Cheese
  • 3 oz Prosciutto
  • Balsamic Vinegar Glaze


  • Cut Manchego cheese into small pieces
  • Take each slice of Prosciutto, and cut in half lengthwise
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Chose the smaller dates
  • Cut a slit large enough to remove the seed
  • Remove the seed
  • Insert the cheese into the date
  • Wrap the Prosciutto around stuffed date
    slice of proscuitto being wrapped around a date
  • Place on a greased baking sheet
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes
  • Turn the dates and bake another 5 minutes
  • Let cool
  • Serve with a thin drizzle of Balsamic glaze


Smaller dates are best for the proportions of this recipe- Little bites of wonderful!

Cut a small slit in the date to remove the pit.  Not too large of a slice- they’re dates stuffed with cheese- and you want to keep the cheese in!

Wrapped dates stuffed with Manchego are the ultimate- but if you don’t have Manchego, goat cheese, blue cheese, or gorgonzola also make tasty stuffed dates.

Wrap your dates tightly with the Prosciutto. Put them on a baking sheet and bake.  Your tapas are ready when the Prosciutto around the date is crispy on the outside.   Remove from the oven, and let cool slightly.  Insert toothpicks and transfer to a beautiful tray for easy serving.  Your guests will love- Tastes amazing

Beautiful for a Holiday platter

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