Last Thursday, we invited my flatmate’s cousin for dinner. I didn’t want to get carried away with the appetisers as I did for the dinner with our friend C. on Monday though – our Italian aperitivo was lovely, but we ended up not having dinner after that! – so I forced myself to stick to just one starter.
When we went to Lidl for the first dinner, I found a selection of mini cheeses, one of which was German blue, that is soft like Brie with blue mould inside like blue cheese. Double the pleasure then! Eaten as it is, it’s creamy and tangy at the same time, so I was wondering how marvellously scrumptious it could be melted in the oven, wrapped in savoury ham and crispy puff pastry.
INGREDIENTS (serves 4)
- 2 mini German blue cheese
- 1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry
- 80g raw ham or streaky bacon (8 slices)
- 1 egg yolk, beaten with a splash of water
Preheat the oven to 200°C fan. Roll out the puff pastry sheet and cut it into two squares. Place two ham/bacon slices in the middle of one square, top them with the cheese, and fold them over it. Finish the wrapping with two other ham slices.
Fold the edges of the puff pastry over the cheese to envelop it tightly. Brush it with the egg and bake for 35-40 minutes until the pastry is golden and flaky.
I suggest you to let it rest for 20-30 minutes after you take it out of the oven, otherwise the cheese will be too runny when you cut it in half. (As you can see from my pics… Lesson learned!)
Serve it with some fresh garden salad on the side.