Goot Essa recipe: Prosciutto Wrapped Dates with Walnuts and Marn Vom Berge Kase

Goot Essa recipe: Prosciutto Wrapped Dates with Walnuts and Marn Vom Berge Kase
May 10, 2024 9 view(s)
Goot Essa recipe: Prosciutto Wrapped Dates with Walnuts and Marn Vom Berge Kase

These delicious little prosciutto wrapped dates with walnuts and goat cheese are the perfect addition to the start of any dinner party, gathering, or special occasion. They're bite-size and quick to assemble, but they'll leave a lasting impression on your guests!

The sweet flavor of the date pairs well with the salty savoriness of the prosciutto, the crunch of the walnut, and the creaminess of the cheese.

You can even assembles these dates the night before, then just pop them into the oven about 15 minutes before serving.

When guests ask you for this delicious recipe, you'll be able to say it's made with local Goot Essa cheese, made in the PA Wilds!

What does Marn Vom Berge Kase cheese taste like?

Goot Essa Marn Vom Berge is a gourmet, pasteurized goat milk bloomy rind cheese. This all-natural, hand-made, cheese has all the rich grass notes of a highland pasture combined with tangy cream and a mild earthy finish of light mushroom. The locally produced milk is turned into cheese in our cheese shop using a traditional German-Swiss recipe which was originally used when cheese needed to be made in a hurry. Goot Essa produces Marn Vom Berge as 5.5 oz logs and age it for about 6 weeks. They store it in the same caves as we do our Der Wiechen Gehl as the rind development is similar, but they add a light ash coating to the rind.  Marn Vom Berge translates to Mary from over the mountain in Pennsylvania Dutch.  In this case, Mary is the shepherd’s daughter.

Prosciutto Wrapped Dates with Walnuts and Marn Vom Berge Kase

Ingredients (Makes 20 dates)

  • 1/2 cup softened Marn Vom Berge Kase goat cheese
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon minced shallots
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 20 whole dates, pitted
  • 10 slices prosciutto (5 oz), halved lengthwise


  • Combine Marn Vom Berge Kase, walnuts, parsley, zest, and shallots in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Fill dates, about 1 heaping teaspoon per date.
  • Wrap dates with halved prosciutto slices and secure with toothpicks.
  • Cover with plastic wrap, and chill 30 minutes or up to overnight. After chilling, preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Bake dates until cheese is bubbly and prosciutto is crisp, about 15 minutes.

How else can you use Marn Vom Berge cheese from Goot Essa?

Marn Vom Berge adds the refreshing tang of goat to beet salads, lettuce salads, grape salads, and watermelon salads.  As canapes on French bread alone or with shallots on crackers. Sweet and tangy jams, dark berry compote, and cherries also pair exceptionally well as do cured meats. This cheese is excellent on a cheese board, either as an appetizer or dessert.  This bloomly also pairs well with a wide range of whites, from sparkling wines to semi-sweet Riesling, but less intense red wines. Recommended beers include Saison, Schwarzbier, Porter and pilsners.

Find more great cheeses, condiments, jams, and more!

Want to find other great foods made locally in the PA Wilds? Check out the Goot Essa storefront on the PA Wilds Marketplace, or check out the Food & Drink category on the PA Wilds Marketplace.