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Wednesday 31 August 2011

Sluttishly Savoury: Ham, Pea Puree and Cheddar Puff

It was 2pm on Saturday - slap bang in the middle of the Bank Holiday when we realised we'd been chained to our computers all day and hadn't even contemplated lunch. Now, this is a completely intolerable state of affairs. Luckily for my much better half, as a foodie extrordinare I always have something up my sleeve. With a flourish of pastry and a little sleight of hand, Hey Presto! Lunch was served.

To impress the love of your life (with minimal effort) ...

You'll need:
  • Half a pack of ready-to-go puff pastry
  • Large handful of peas
  • 6 cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • Four slices of thick cut honey roast ham (or similar)
  • Large chunk of cheddar cheese
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
Make it!
  • Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees C. You can decide what colour you're going to paint your nails next whilst you do this, if you like.
  • Boil a little water and add the peas -- cook until tender. Whilst you're at it, chop and fry the onion and garlic in a little butter until they begin to brown and melt.
  • Take your puff pastry and roll out on a lightly floured surface. Once its about six inches long and six wide, slice through the middle. You're looking for two rectangle shapes about 6 inches long by 3 inches wide.
  • Line a large baking tray with grease proof paper and pop the pastry onto the tray. Leave a gap in-between the slices.
  • Drain the peas and roughly blend in a food processor. Add a touch of fresh mint if you have it.
  • Lay the peas across the middle of both the pieces of pastry. On top of the peas add the garlic/onion, then place on the chopped ham, sprinkle some grated cheese and top with the cherry tomato halves.
  • Pop into the oven for ten minutes, or until the puff pastry has risen and is golden brown.
  • Serve with a light salad.

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