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Playing Damaris Phillips’ Country Ham-Wrapped Dates

This 3-ingredient party snack—Country Ham-Wrapped Dates from Chef Damaris Phillips—is just as delicious as it is simple.

For more easy appetizer ideas, try 2-Ingredient Puff Pastry Breadsticks or No-Cook Biscotti-Salami Crostini.


  • 30 dates, pitted
  • 15 thinly very sliced pieces of country ham or Virginia ham, cut in half, lengthwise
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons jalapeño- or serrano-infused oil


Serves: 8


On a cutting board, lay a few pieces of the country ham out flat. Place a date at the end of each piece of ham and roll it up. Repeat until all the dates are rolled in ham.
Do you want to serve warm dates or room-temp dates? Both are good. If time is of the essence, don’t bake them. Simply arrange them on a plate, seam-side down and drizzle them with a touch of the infused oil.

If you have a little more time, arrange the dates on a cookie sheet, seam-side down. Bake in a 350°F oven until the ham is crispy and the dates are warm and gooey in the center, about 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven, arrange on a plate and drizzle with the infused oil.