28th May 2012
Serrano ham, sourdough and sour cherry salad
A heavenly combination – the warmed bread absorbs all the flavours in this salad recipe
Wine: 2010 Tesco Finest Falnghina (£8.99, 12%, Tesco)
The serrano ham would also work well with a light red, such as Valpolicella, but the cherries need a white to show at their best. Try this Puglian number, with its tingly acidity, jasmine perfume and spicy, herbal complexity.
Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 1 hour
Serves 4 to 6
4 onions, peeled and quartered
2tbsp balsamic glaze
125g (4½oz) sourdough bread, torn into chunks
3tbsp balsamic vinegar
3tbsp olive oil
6 slices Serrano ham, torn into strips
50g (2oz) dried sour cherries (we like Forest Feast)
75g (3oz) rocket leaves
1 Heat the oven to 170 C, 150 C fan, 325 F, gas 3. Drizzle the onions with a little oil, season and bake for 1 hour. Add the balsamic glaze for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Remove the onions from the oven and allow them to cool slightly.
2 Place the bread on a baking sheet and put in the oven for 5 minutes – long enough to heat through but not crisp. Remove from the oven and transfer to a bowl. Add 2tbsp of the balsamic vinegar and 2tbsp of the olive oil, season and allow to soak in for 5 minutes. Toss all the ingredients together, with the remaining olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Per serving 207-179 calories, 11-7g fat (2-1.5g saturated), 35-23g carbohydrate