Monday, 24 November 2014

Ham Mousse

Ham mousse reminds me of the sixties, when "bon ton" and home entertaining were a must!
Yet I like it, and it is so uncommon nowadays that it always surprises my guests and family.
It takes less than 5 minutes to make and you can refrigerate it for up to a couple of days, if it lasts!
As in many of my dishes, you can serve it in a single bowl or in smaller portions.  A small bowl and one special small bread will make an elegant starter.
As an appetizer it serves lots of people, but you can use to stuff your sandwiches if you like.

Ingredients for 8-10 people

300 gr ham cut into pieces
100 gr heavy cream
200 gr. soft cheese (Philadelphia light will be great)
50 gr. almonds (or more to taste)
 2 tablespoon of Marsala (fortified wine) or brandy.
Salt and pepper to taste (very little though, as ham is already salted.

How to:

1) Cut the ham into pieces and put it with the other ingredients, except almonds, in the food processor.
2) Process it until very smooth. 
3) Add the almonds and process for 1 minute or less, and taste it, almonds should remain in small pieces and be detectable when you eat it.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and serve with toasted bread or slices of French baguette.

It keeps well in the fridge for 2 days, cover it cling film.


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