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Recipe No. 101       Figs With Dolcelatte Wrapped in Parma Ham

Roasted Figs wrapped in Parma ham
Roasted figs wrapped in Parma ham with blue cheese and salad

This is quick and easy recipe (From Hairy Bikers Everyday Gourmets) and IMHO is sensational as an end-of-summer starter for two.

(great with Roquefort also)

Serves - 2
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min

Marie's rating    five star rating


4 ripe but firm figs
8 slices Parma ham
75g/3oz Italian blue cheese, such as Gorgonzola or Dolcelatte, chopped into small pieces
1 small bag Italian Herby salad leaves (approx 100g/3½oz)
drizzle balsamic glaze
drizzle extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

Using a sharp knife, cut a cross into the top of each fig, then gently squeeze the bottom of each fig in order to open the fruit. Divide the blue cheese among the figs, stuffing the pieces into the top of them.

Carefully wrap two slices of Parma ham around the middle of each fig, leaving the tops uncovered.

Place the prepared figs onto a baking tray and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the Parma ham is starting to crisp.
To serve, divide the salad leaves among two serving plates. Place two roasted figs on top of each plate. Drizzle over the balsamic glaze and olive oil and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper

Recipe No. 102       Crab, Salmon and Mackeral Starter

Crab, Salmon and Mackeral Starter
Crab, Salmon and Mackerel with Mayo and Salad

Best with thick cut chunks of Smoked Salmon

Ingredients were all shop bought but Salad could be home grown and served with a home made Mayo
Thanks to Jo Wrigley for his creation which I stole ;-)

Serves - 4
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 0 min

Marie's rating    five star rating


Smoked Salmon
Smoked mackerel fillet
Crab (mixed white and brown)
Italian Herby Salad Leaves