Saturday, July 9, 2011

Speck & Goat Cheese Rolls

Speck is a lightly smoked and seasoned dry cured ham from the Tyrol, a mountainous region where Austria, Switzerland and Italy come together. Like prosciutto, Speck is made from the hind leg of the pig, and is a delightful alternative to Pancetta. Wonderfully delicate and tender with a rich savoury flavour, Speck pairs beautifully with goat cheese, and is absolutely delicious in this easy recipe for Speck and Goat Cheese Rolls, which can be served with some fine mustard, chives or a squeeze of lemon. A simple and tasty appetizer, these Speck & Goat Cheese Rolls can be made ahead of time and simply chilled until you need them!

Speck & Goat Cheese Rolls
Makes 12-16 appetizers

1 cup soft goat's cheese
1 tbsp chopped chives (optional)
1/2 lb Speck smoked ham, sliced

Mix the goat's cheese and chives in a small bowl until well blended and smooth. Place a slice of smoked ham on a work surface and spread 2-3 tablespoons of the goat's cheese mixture on the ham, then roll up into a fat cigar shape and chill, covered with cling film, for at least 15-30 minutes. Once firm, slice the rolls into 1/2" bite size pieces by slicing on the diagonal and serve.

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