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Manchego Stuffed Dates

Medjool dates are soft, slightly sticky, and perfectly sweet, that’s why they are often called nature’s candy.

Inspired by my travels to Spain, the combination of dates with Manchego cheese and ham is perfectly sweet and salty.

They are easy to prepare and always a crowd pleaser making them the perfect canapé for your next dinner party!

Mis en Place

Medjool Dates

Manchego Cheese

Ibérico Ham

*Alternatively you can use prosciutto or apple wood smoked bacon


Honey or Balsamic Glaze, for drizzling

Thyme, for garnish



Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

Split dates in half lengthwise, being sure not to cut through fully.

Remove pit and discard.

Stuff each date with a generous sizes piece of Manchego cheese and gently squeeze to seal.

Wrap each date with a slice of ham or strip of bacon if using.

Step 3

Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 minutes, until the ham is lightly crisped.

Serve warm with a drizzle of honey or balsamic if desired, and a garnish of thyme.


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