Exclusive Giada de Laurentis Recipe!
Reprinted from the book Giada at Home by Giada De Laurentiis. Copyright (c) 2010 by Giada De Laurentiis. Photographs copyright (c) 2010 by Jonelle Weaver. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.

We’re having a Giada moment! With a new line of affordable and lustworthy kitchen tools launching this month at Target and a new book, Giada at Home out in March, de Laurentis makes it easy to entertain with style. Enjoy an exclusive look at one of our favorite recipes from the cookbook, cheese-stuffed dates with prosciutto:

Ingredients:
1/4 cup (2 ounces) goat cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup (2 ounces) mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
16 Medjool dates (12 ounces)
8 thin slices prosciutto, halved lengthwise

In a small bowl, mix together the cheeses and basil. Season with salt and pepper. With a knife, make a lengthwise incision in each date. Gently open the dates slightly and remove the pits. Spoon about 1 teaspoon cheese mixture inside each. Close the dates around the filling. Wrap a piece of prosciutto around each date and secure with a toothpick. Arrange the stuffed dates on a platter and serve with a crisp white wine as the ideal before-dinner tidbit.

Kate Donovan