These ham appetizers are all quickly prepared, ready to enjoy in a jiffy. Sliced ham is a simple place to
start for creating tasty, satisfying, and easy appetizer recipes.
All of these recipes use either cooked ham or raw cured ham,
both ingredients you can store in your refrigerator for weeks and have ready for an impromptu aperitif.
Here are four fast ideas to get you started, all featuring typically French ingredients. But don't stop
with these, think of what you could roll up in piece of ham and offer as an easy appetizer recipe - the possibilities
Prunes and cured ham Amuse-bouche jambon pruneaux
These ham appetizers a warm and satisfying treat, with next to no effort. If you're going to do just do one
appetizer, pick this one. It is fast, fast, fast and delicious.
4 ounces raw ham, such as jambon de Bayonne or prosciutto
20 pitted prunes (I prefer smaller ones for this, so that the final roll is small enough to eat in one bite)
Slice the ham in about one inch by six inch slices. Place a prune on each and roll up. Place under the broiler until the ham sizzles - about 2 minutes depending on your broiler.
Careful to let these cool a bit before enjoying - the hot prune can burn your mouth. If you want, you could add a toothpick afterwards, but don't put these under the grill.
Melon and Prosciutto Appetizer Amuse-bouche jambon melon
The classic combination of ham and melon is perfect for a mid-summer appetizer. I use a Charentes melon (pretty much
a cantaloupe) or you can try it with whatever melon suits your fancy. If you
want total mouth bliss, have these ham appetizers with a Pineau de Charentes, a fortified sweet wine. No need for dinner.
8 ounces soft goat cheese (not the kind with a rind)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (try mint, parsley, chives, dill, or your favorites)
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
curry powder (optional)
You can whip this together in a food processor. Blend the parmesan cheese, goat cheese, herbs and olive oil together until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
Lay the ham slices out flat and spread evenly with the cheese mixture. Roll up the ham and slice into bite sized servings. For an extra touch of color and taste, dip the end of the roll in curry powder.
Ham Rolls with Blue Cheese Spread Roulade jambon roquefort
The French love ham and even the tiniest grocery store will usually be equipped with a meat slicing
machine and several varieties of jambon to choose from. Keep in mind that there are two basic sorts of ham
available. Cooked ham, which is light pink in color, and what most people use when they're going to make a
ham sandwich, and raw cured ham which is darker in color, prosciutto from Italy being the best known example.
Although Italy wins the notoriety contest for raw cured ham with its prosciutto, France has its own
special hams, such as jambon de Bayonne, a delicious raw cured ham from the south west of France.
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