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tiny date goat cheese balls

tinylittledateballsEntertaining can be so lovely and so limiting sometimes.  I guess we could compare it to karate — perhaps you don’t want to make too many hits but the ones you do should be more effective, no?

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That’s why I love little appetizers.  They start out the meal in an impressive but non-intrusive way, and titilate the senses to prepare your devourers of food to enjoy the next course at hand.

I’m a big fan of stuffing goat cheese into pitted dates and then wrapping them with prosciutto and baking them at high heat in the oven.  However, as someone who, admittedly, gets bored easily with the same thing all the time, I decided to take this concept to another step with these tiny little date balls.

tinylittledateballswrappedI used date paste instead of dates, and wrapped it around the cheese with the help of some plastic film.  Now you’ve got something super cute to spread out on a plate or stack tall in a bowl that you may not have seen before!  (Not to mention it’s without refined sugar and is easy for those with lactose intolerances to digest!)

tiny goat cheese date balls

Serves about 8-10
Prep time 20 minutes
Allergy Milk
Dietary Corn Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Side Dish, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup date paste (seeds removed if any)
  • 1/2 cup fresh goat's cheese
  • zestfrom one lemon
  • pinch sea salt

Directions

Step 1 Spread a layer of plastic wrap on a large cutting board. Take a half tablespoon of the date paste and smush it into a little disk (see photos above). Spread these disks out into straight lines to facilitate cutting between them later.
Step 2 Plop a teaspoon of goat cheese in the middle of each disk. Continue until you've used all of the goat cheese and date paste.
Step 3 Add one piece of lemon zest and a dash of sea salt on top of each goat cheese.
Step 4 Cut, using a sharp knife, in between the disks. Pull up the four edges of the plastic to make the disk wrap itself around the cheese. Twist the top to make a sphere, and seal it up to let it solidify. (You're using the plastic wrap to help guide the date paste to wrap itself in a circle around the cheese.) Continue with all of the spheres.
Step 5 Store in the refrigerator until 30 minutes before serving. You can either serve them in a bowl, spread out on a plate, or on top of crisped disks of prosciutto for something fabulous.

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