Orange-Basil Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

This appetizer takes just a few minutes to prepare and the salty, sweet and tangy flavor combination seems to make a big hit. We choose to use Medjool dates because their generous size makes them so easy to fill and their rich, honey-like flavor complements the prosciutto so nicely.

Orange-Basil Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

Orange-Basil Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

Yield: 12 pieces
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A simple combination of cream cheese, orange zest and fresh basil fills these delicious prosciutto-wrapped Medjool dates.


  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 6 slices prosciutto
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Using a paring knife, slit each date lengthwise on one side only and remove the pit. Cut the prosciutto slices in half to make 12 long strips.
  2. Combine the cream cheese, orange zest, basil 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.

Makes 6 to 8 servings