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Make your holiday dinner truly festive with this traditional Italian appetizer from celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis. You'll love the combo of salty, sweet, and cheesy all in one delicious bite. 

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1/2 cup port wine
2 tbsp cider vinegar
3 whole cloves
1 whole cinnamon stick
3 strips orange zest
1/4 cup sugar
pinch coarse salt
20 pitted prunes
5 thin slices prosciutto di Parma
Parmesan cheese, cut into 20 bite-size pieces (about 1 cup)

Prep: 20 min

Cook: 20 min

Makes: 20

 

1. Heat oven to 400°F.

 

2. Bring 1 cup water, the port, vinegar, cloves, cinnamon, orange zest, sugar, and salt to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat.

 

3. Reduce heat to medium-low and add prunes. Simmer until prunes have softened and plumped, about 10 minutes. Let cool in liquid for 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer prunes to a plate and let cool completely.

 

4. Halve prosciutto slices lengthwise and then crosswise, making 20 short strips. Arrange on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.

 

5. Cut a slit from stem to tip in each prune. Stuff each with a piece of cheese, then wrap in prosciutto. Place prunes, seam side down, on baking sheet.

 

6. Bake until prosciutto is crisp and Parmesan is melted, 8 to 10 minutes.

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