Summer Prosciutto Platter (2)

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An absolutely no-cook recipe. Prosciutto and melon are often paired together as an appetizer and I have had them as an entree with some interesting leafy greens. The prosciutto platter is a mixture of sweet and salty foods that all work well together – prosciutto, melon, feta cheese, black olives and nectarine.

For 2 people allow:

2 slices of prosciutto each

handful of black olives – pitted and halved

3 slices of melon – chopped into pieces

2 oz. feta cheese – chopped into pieces

Half a ripe nectarine – sliced

Arrange all on a serving dish and let people help themselves

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Tuscan Beans (4)

Inspired by my lunch overlooking the Tuscan countryside.

2 slices of prosciutto – cut into small pieces

1/2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. roughly chopped sage

1 x 15.8 oz. can of Great Northern beans – rinsed and drained

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 tbsp. chopped and crushed rosemary

Pinch of white pepper (no salt needed as prosciutto is salty)

Heat a skillet/frying pan and when hot add pieces of prosciutto and let them crisp, then remove from pan and set aside.

Pour 1/2 tbsp. olive oil into skillet and add the chopped sage and let it crisp before removing it from the skillet and placing aside.

Place beans, chicken broth and rosemary in the skillet, bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and add the prosciutto and sage.

Serve immediately – great with pork.

 

 

 

Jo’s Feta Pesto

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Pesto has been off my menu for several years but since I have recently found I can eat sheep/goat cheese happily because no cow milk is involved, I have been experimenting. I made this pesto and spooned it over baby new potatoes accompanied by thin slices of flank steak and, honestly, it was delicious.

2 cups basil leaves

2 large cloves of garlic – roughly chopped

2 oz. feta cheese – roughly chopped

1 1/2 oz. pine nuts

1 1/2 oz. chopped walnuts

1/2 cup olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper (no salt needed because of saltiness of feta cheese)

Place basil, garlic, feta, pine nuts and walnuts in a food processor.

Turn on food processor and add the oil gradually. Process until mixture is smoothish.

Season with pepper.