Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Homemade Jambons

Imagine it's your birthday and you're woken with presents, coffee and homemade jambons - wouldn't that be great I hear you say, why yes that's what I thought.

I love jambons - little greasypastriesfromthedelicounterofSpar - they're my hangover treat, and I've been looking for an excuse to re-create them at home.

Thy would have been perfect except I bought the wrong kind of pastry - they still worked out pretty delicious

1 piece of Fontina cheese - grated
2oz Butter
Plain flour - maybe 2oz or so
Puff pastry (not filo pastry that I bought - oops)
Lardons (bacon/ham whatever you fancy)
1/2 teaspoon of English mustard

Grease a baking tray, and pre-heat your oven to gas mark 6.

Melt the butter over a med heat and sprinkle in some plain flour - enough to turn it into a paste. Then gradually add in a little milk stirring all the time to avoid getting lumps, gradually add the milk until you get a smooth thick sauce. Then add in the grated cheese keep stirring until all the cheese has melted. stir in some salt and pepper and the mustard. Bear in mind you want to keep this pretty thick - if it's too thick just add a dash of milk.

Fry up or grill your bacon and chop into little pieces.

Cut your pastry into 4 inch square pieces, put a heaped serving spoon of the cheese mixture into the centre of each square, and sprinkle on some bacon. Pinch the corners together to form a little rim around the edge.

Brush the pastry with a little mixed egg, and pop into the oven for 15-20 mins - till golden brown and bubbly.Pictured above is the vegetarian option - no bacon just a sprig of parsley

Allow to cool slightly - then devour - yum!

So yes - I did use the wrong pastry - so imagine like mine but puffier - yeah - ok? Great


L said...

Oh, lucy, you are an absolute genius! Who else would have thought of it, cant believe i didnt get to have any! Coming soon... homemade Jaffa cakes!

Anonymous said...

I am soooo making these asap! Most probably Saturday morning after Super Extra Bonus Party gig tomorrow night in ALT.

It looks like the filo pastry worked out well in the end though, eh? I'd say it was yummy.

Lu said...

Yeah in hindsight the filo pastry might have been a good thing - they went down a treat - let me know if you try them. I'm trying to do a series of home- made junk - up next is possibly a three-in-one

I hear the gig in ALT was good - esp Ruberbandits, sadly I was not there

Anonymous said...

Begorrah the rubber bandits were AMAAAZING. I'm unable to express in comment form how good they were!! Let's just say there were Y fronts and spar bags across faces and gyrating skinny men lunge-dancing.


It was brilliant.

Unknown said...

I make jambons on a daily bases as part of my job , it's emmental cheese that's used in the filling