I am not exactly sure where recipe came from but it is a very good one – so much so that my younger brother told various people, when they asked where they came from, that it was “probably M&S!” Not sure whether that is a compliment or not. 🙂
They taste fantastic and are fun to make. They are perfect for a Dinner Party or family gathering and whenever we go home and my Mum has made them, they don’t last long!
1 Packet Ready-rolled Puff Pastry
1 packet Boursin Cream Cheese with herbs
1 or 2 Packets of sliced Parma Ham or the equivalent
4tblsps Grated Parmesan Cheese
Fresh sprigs parsley and chives or thyme, chopped finely
1 Large free-range egg, beaten for glazing
Flour for dusting
Oven 200ºC (400ºF); 180ºC Fan Oven; Gas Mark 6
1. Take that pastry out of the packet and lay on a floured board.
2. Cut to size 18cm X 35cm.
3. Take the Boursin that has softened from being out of the fridge, put in a basin and mix together until smooth.
4. Spread this carefully over the pastry, being careful not to cut through it.
5. Arrange the slices of Parma Ham over the top and scatter with the herbs and Parmesan cheese.
6. Taking one of the long sides roll up tightly to the middle and then repeat on the other long side so that the two rolls meet together in the middle and touch one another. If they won’t stick brush a little of the beaten egg down the long join. Do NOT worry if they are not quite exactly the same size.
7. Place on a baking tray, cover with cling-film and chill for at least 20 minutes.
8. Trim of both the ends to make it look neat, brush with the beaten egg and then cut crossways into 1cm thick slices.
9. Put the slices on a lightly oiled non-stick baking tray, or use non-stick baking paper, and cook for approx 12/15 minutes when they should be golden brown.
10. Cool on a wire rack and serve warm – they will disappear in seconds!
NB These freeze well so can be made in advance, and defrosted before eating, when they will need to be reheated in the oven (see temperature above) for 5/10minutes. If this is the case cook them until lightly browned before freezing as they will turn golden when they are reheated.