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When I host Thanksgiving in the fall my family members help out by bringing amazing side dishes and appetizers, and it really helps keep the stress level down when trying to host a family event. In turn, I like to bring something to share when someone else is hosting for our family.
This spring, my family will be driving to Chicago for a variety of family get-togethers. These ham and cheddar stuffed dates are the perfect things to make for sharing. All of the ingredients travel well, these can be assembled easily in someone else’s kitchen, plus anything stuffed in dates is always a big hit with my family!
I actually got the idea for these from my 6-year-old talking about his school cafeteria. At his school, his favorite thing to get from the cafeteria for lunch is hot ham and cheese sandwiches. I think they must add a little brown sugar to those sandwiches. I thought that adding ham and cheddar cheese to dates would achieve a similar sweet flavor.
Kaukauna® spreadable cheddar is perfect for this recipe. Not only is Kaukauna® made with 100% real cheddar, but it is a crowd pleaser. Not only is Kaukauna® tasty by itself, but it can be made into so many easy, no-fuss appetizers and snacks!
I love this sharp cheddar cheese spread. Kaukauna® also carries a Port wine flavor that is just as good!
As a lifelong Midwesterner, I love cheese and including cheeses in appetizer spreads at family events. This appetizer will be a pleasant addition to our spread.
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Ham and Cheddar Stuffed Dates
Yield is 12
12 Medjool dates
4-6 slices of prosciutto or your favorite thinly sliced ham
12 teaspoons of Kaukauna® sharp cheddar cheese spread
optional: parsley for a garnish
Method: Using a knife, cut an opening in each Medjool date, and remove the pit. Cut each slice of prosciutto in 1/2 or into thirds. roll the slices of prosciutto, and stick them inside each date. Finish stuffing the date by adding a hefty teaspoon of Kaukauna® sharp cheddar cheese spread to each date. Garnish with parsley if desired. You can keep these in the fridge for several hours before serving, or serve them right away.
These ham and cheddar stuffed dates were so good! I really think that almost any stuffed date appetizer can really be a show stopper. I love that these are so easy, you can make them quickly when visiting someone else for a family get-together. Plus the addition of Kaukauna® sharp cheddar cheese spread makes these taste wonderful.