A Warm Salad of Mushroom and Parma Ham with Savoury Toasts
This is a ‘Yorkshire Tapas’ sort of dish – but where Tapas conjures images of heat, lightness and simple but punchy flavours, this is an altogether earthier affair. The Mushrooms and ham combine perfectly, and the simple cheese toasties bring smoke and bite. The ‘Morcilla’ tapas is a Spanish classic and an excellent showcase for good-quality blood sausage. We bought our Parma Ham from the ever-excellent Salvo’s Salumeria in Headingley, Leeds.
You will need:
Two Cheeses – we used Smoked Goats’ Cheese and Manchego. These are interchangeable according to taste, but I really recommend one smoked cheese in there.
Good Olive Oil
Black Pudding, sliced.
Red Onion Chutney – available in most stores, but you could make your own sticky onions if you prefer.
1. Preheat your oven to about 150.
2. Heat a griddle pan, and lightly wipe with olive oil and season the surface with black pepper.
3. Slice your cheeses into chunks, and slice your ciabatta into mini-crostini chunks.
4. In another pan, lightly fry your black pudding slices until crisped on each side.
5. Lightly toast the toasts on the griddle pan.
6. On a baking tray, arrange the lightly toasted toasts and drizzle with olive oil. Arrange cheese on some, and a teaspoon of chutney and a slice of black pudding on others.
7. Place the assembled toasts on a low heat in the oven – this is only to keep them warm and to melt the cheeses.
While they are holding, make your Salad:
You will need;
Three Garlic Cloves
Fresh Parsley, chopped/torn
Two Large Mushrooms, sliced
Some Sliced Parma Ham, shredded
Half a small bag of Spinach Leaves, washed & drained
1. In a pestle & mortar, pound the garlic and then add the chopped parsley and some cracked black pepper. Cover in Olive Oil. This will become your dressing.
2. Heat a large pan. Drop in a little olive oil, and add your sliced mushrooms.
3. When they have soaked up the oil, add the ham. Don’t be tempted to turn the heat up too much; you want the ham to release a little fat, but not to overcook it and destroy the flavour.
4. Add half the dressing; the mushrooms will soak that up too.
5. Toss in the spinach, wilt, then serve onto warmed plates.
6. Finish the dish with the rest of the dressing.
Serve with the toasts!
It may seem like a lot of work but it’s not – just have the oven heated and you can hold the toasts while you make the salad. The smoky cheese brings loads of depth to the toasts, and the sweet/savoury taste of the black pudding toasts complements the ham and mushroom salad in an amazing way. Don’t add salt, by the way – the ham’s got enough to round!
In terms of beer, I paired this with Breconshire Breweries’ Red Dragon. Despite the slightly Dungeons & Dragonslabel, this bottle-conditioned gem is a serious beer – a complex, malt body, with a lively, unashamedly bitter aftertaste, it complements the autumnal flavours of the meal with ease.
Posted on 23/03/2008, in Beer and Food, Breconshire Brewery, chocolate recipes, spinach, tapas, Warm Salad of Mushrooms and Parma Ham and tagged Autumnal Flavours, beer and food matching, Black Pudding, Breconshire Ales Red Dragon, Goat's Cheese, Mushrooms, Yorkshire Tapas. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.