Country Ham Wrapped Dates beauty, as seen on Food Network Kitchen Live.
Recipe courtesy of Damaris Phillips

Country Ham Wrapped Dates

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min (includes up to 1 hour steeping time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 servings


Jalapeno Infused Oil:


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (optional).
  2. Lay a few pieces of the country ham flat on a cutting board. Place a date at the end of each piece of ham and roll it up. Repeat until all the dates are rolled in ham. Now at this point you have a decision to make: Do you want to serve the dates warm or at room temp? Both are good. If time is of the essence, then don't bake them. Simply arrange them on a plate seam-side down and drizzle with a touch of the jalapeno oil.
  3. If you have a little more time, arrange the dates on a rimmed baking sheet seam-side down. Bake until the ham is crispy and the center of each date is warm and gooey, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, arrange on a plate and drizzle with the jalapeno oil. 

Jalapeno Infused Oil:

Yield: About 1 cup
  1. Slice the jalapenos and place in a medium saucepan. Add the oil and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently; be careful because the oil is very hot. Remove from the heat, cover and let steep 10 to 60 minutes depending on how spicy you want the oil. Strain into a heatproof airtight container, discard the solids and refrigerate the jalapeno oil for up to 10 days.

Cook’s Note

If country ham is unavailable, you can substitute prosciutto or Serrano ham.