This is an easy, 5 minute prep and approximately 15 minute cook number: so delicious: just make sure your oven is very hot, or you grill these: I don’t have a grill, but can create a good heat in my oven, and on the top shelf, at 190/200 degrees these will be done in 10 minutes or so.
Serves 4 as a snack (2 asparagus spears each)
Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius
8 asparagus spears
8 slices serrano ham
About 100g goat’s cheese
Place a small slice of goat’s cheese on a slice of serrano, spread the cheese across the slice of ham, then pop an asparagus spear on one end, and roll the asparagus up, so that the ham envelopes the spear. You may need to do a bit of a “patchwork job” on these, where the ham gapes a little- just patch up with other bits of ham where you can. Pop under a hot grill, or an oven preheated to 190/200 degrees until golden brown and sizzling- 10-15 minutes should do it.
Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
If you are not able to find Serrano Ham in South Africa then Black Forest Ham, Prosciutto, or a good quality cured Iberico style ham would be good.
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I live on Salisbury Plain, England, in a very old, wonky thatched cottage that looks like it’s been iced with royal icing and topped with Shredded Wheat. I grew up in South Africa, but have lived in England for 18 years.
I run my design business, Hector and Haddock, from my studio at home where I design linocuts, screen prints, tea towels and greeting cards. A complete bibliophile and self confessed hoarder, all of my designs and work pay homage to vintage graphics and paper. I also use this extensive paper ephemera collection to create bespoke paper pictures for clients.
More than anything, I love to cook for people. I hope that you find these recipes helpful, inspiring and delicious, even if you don’t follow a gluten free diet. There’s more on the inspiration behind my blog in The Plain Kitchen.