Party Food (& Alliteration): Parma Ham and Parmesan Palmiers

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I hope you’ve had a fabulous Christmas… mine was lovely but too short! Now it’s nearly New Years Eve, and if you’re off to a party then I have an easy recipe for you 🙂

These alliterative canapés are very tasty, the combination of parma ham, parmesan, mustard and pastry is very more-ish and quite salty, so they’re perfect with drinks.

They’re not too difficult but look impressive (which is one of the best combo’s in my opinion).

Recipe taken from Red Online

Parma Ham & Parmesan Palmiers

Makes about 40 Canapés

Ingredients

1 sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry

6 slices of parma ham

2 tbsp parmesan cheese (plus extra for topping)

dijon mustard

1 beaten egg

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Preheat the oven to 200C. Unroll the puff pastry sheet and leave on the paper it was rolled in (this makes it easier to roll back up later). Arrange so one of the longest ends is facing you. Spread a thin layer of mustard over the pastry, then sprinkle over the parmesan cheese.

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Next, top with the slices of parma ham – they should cover the whole of the pastry sheet.

Starting with one of the long horizontal ends, begin to roll tightly into the centre. When halfway, turn the sheet round and roll the opposite side in until the two rolls meet. Brush the touching bits of pastry with the beaten egg, and pinch together lightly. Roll back up in the paper and put into the freezer for 20 minutes to chill.

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After 20 minutes take out of the freezer and cut into thin slices just under 1 cm in width – this is easier if you flour your knife after every slice. Place the slices onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. If the slices appear a bit misshapen you can coax them back into shape on the baking tray. Sprinkle with a little extra parmesan if desired and put into the oven for approx. 10 minutes or until golden and crispy.

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These are delicious just out of the oven, but are also tasty served cold.

They can be prepared in advance if desired – just make up to the freezing stage and keep until needed.

Palmiers are great, versatile canapés as you can pretty much put any filling in you wish – pesto is another good one, or nutella if you want a sweet version.

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Have a great New Years… See you in 2015!

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