Some years ago I had a job which would involve spending several hours munching my way through thirty different canapé with the task of finding the 12 best for an event we were holding. It was tough tasting those thirty delicious mouthfuls but someone had to do it! Sometimes there was a whole meal in a canapé – roast beef and Yorkshire pud in one bite sized piece. With other canapé the description of them could be several lines long. Nearly always the canapé were beautiful to look at.
Ever since that time canapé have occupied a warm place in my heart. I’m never going to spend hours making them, but I like it when in ten minutes you can pop some together to start an evening off in the right way. I love standing around in the kitchen waiting for dinner to finish cooking, with a glass of something in one hand and a canapé in the other. Add good friends/family to that scene and it takes some beating.
These canapé were described by the taste team in one word – ‘superb’. The butternut squash is sweet, the goats cheese and lemon tangy, the rocket peppery and then they are encased in prosciutto. You need to roast cubes of butternut squash and that takes 40 minutes, so these do need a tiny bit of forward planning. But once the squash is roasted and cooled, you need less than fifteen minutes to put these beautiful mouthfuls together.
Prosciutto, goats cheese and lemon canapé recipe
½ butternut squash
a drizzle of oil
8 slices of prosciutto
125g/4½oz soft goats cheese
a large handful of rocket leaves
Makes 32 canapé
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C/390°F/Gas mark 6.
2. Peel and cube the butternut squash into 2½cm/1” cubes. You need 32 cubes in total. Place in a large roast tray and cover with the oil and a sprinkling of salt. Mix well. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
3. Once the squash is tender and lightly brown in places, remove from the oven and leave to cool.
4. Cut each slice of prosciutto into quarters, so they measure roughly 2.5cm/1” x 7½cm/3”. Zest the rind of the lemon.
5. Take one of the quarters of prosciutto and put a cube of butternut squash at one end of it. Add some goats cheese, a few rocket leaves, a little sprinkle of lemon zest and some freshly ground black pepper over the top. Now wrap the butternut squash with the remaining prosciutto. Don’t worry if rocket leaves stick out, as this makes them look pretty.
6. Put them on a plate and serve.
How easy was that!
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