Easy, yet deliciously addictive, wrapped dates are a crowd favorite and super simple to pull together. Rather than worry about specific food and wine pairings at your next party, bring out the bubbly. Sparkling wines are versatile and pair well with an assortment of flavors, including the proscuitto-wrapped dates recipe below.
These little bites pack a big punch: their crispy and salty exterior contrasts spectacularly with their soft and sweet interior. It’s a party in your mouth when the salty-sweet flavors and crunchy-gooey textures battle it out. You can pair with a Prosecco or any sparkling wine, but a glass of slightly sweet, sparkling Banfi Rosa Regale adds just enough of a burst of berry to really liven up the party.
RECIPE: Prosciutto-wrapped Dates
Recommended wine pairing: Banfi Rosa Regale
Yield: 60 pieces
30 fresh Medjool dates
6 ounces thinly-sliced prosciutto
Fresh basil for garnish (optional)
Slice dates in half lengthwise, removing the pits as they are exposed.
Cut prosciutto into small pieces; each section should be about as wide as a date and long enough to wrap completely around the date.
Place a date half at one end of the prosciutto piece and roll to the other end; place rolled dates on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or just until bubbling a bit on the bottom.
TIP: Don’t overcook them: even if the prosciutto may not appear to be cooked, it will crisp up once it cools.
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Diane Fluin is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer/editor, food blogger and wine lover with a passion for matching food with wine so that they bring out the best in each other. Diane provides step-by-step details of recipes to pair with her favorite Banfi wines, and when she isn’t cooking a meal or enjoying a glass of wine, she’s planning her next meal or thinking about wine.