Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins
This first course requires no cooking and clearly demonstrates the stunning a few simple ingredients of the finest quality can have when thoughtfully combined. All the elements are intended to complement the unique flavours of a good ham and can be assembled in the last few minutes. It should look light and airy, as if the ingredients floated down from the sky onto the plate.
- 1 (1/2 lb) package parmesan cheese
- 12 slices good country ham, think slices,cut into wide ribbons
- 1 ripe pear, halved and cored (unpeeled)
- 1 bunch baby arugula, washed and stemmed (rocket)
- 1⁄4 cup toasted pine nuts
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- cracked black pepper, to taste
- Using a vegetable peeler or cheese slicer, shave the Parmesan cheese into"ribbons".
- Intertwine a few ribbons of cheese andham on each of 6 chilled plates to form a small, fluffy mound.
- Using a mandoline or sharp knife, slice the pear as thinly as possible.
- Add a few pear slices to each mound of cheese and ham.
- Over each plate, toss a few leaves of baby arugula, sprinkle with pine nuts and drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil.
- Garnish with cracked black pepper.
- Looks and tastes like you slaved all day; who knew it could be so easy!
MarieAlice - I hope that you will forgive me for subbing prosciutto for the ham...it was the only change I made...and prosciutto really is ham! This salad was yet another winner....simple but beautiful. I lightly fried the prosciutto and then followed the recipe. Couldn't be simpler and was very much enjoyed. Thanks again.