Begin by soaking 24 toothpicks in a small container of water This will prevent them from burning in the oven

Cut a lengthwise slice in the center top of each date Make sure it is big enough to hold the cheese but don't slice all the way through the date Remove the seed

Slice prosciutto into 24 pieces about 2 1/2 inches long or however long you prefer to securely wrap the stuffed dates over the basil leaf Prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silpat mat

Lay out the  24 prepped dates  The slices of prosciutto  1/2 Cup goat cheese (you can use any variety or flavor)  24 fresh basil leaves on a board within easy reach

To assemble the stuffed dates Scoop up a teaspoon of soft goat cheese and push it into your sliced date

Wrap a leaf of basil around the date Next, wrap a piece of prosciutto around the basil

Pierce the date through with a soaked toothpick Lay the finished date on your baking sheet Repeat until all dates are stuffed and wrapped

Broil for 3 to 5 minutes until crispy Remove from oven and set on serving tray You can drizzle with balsamic dressing if desired  Serve hot!