Leek & mustard vinaigrette with Carmarthen ham
- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 6
Chef Stephen Terry showcases the best Welsh ingredients in this prepare-ahead dinner party starter
- 3 large leeks
- 3 tbsp good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp grain mustard
- small bunch chives , finely chopped
- 18 slices Carmarthen ham or any good quality air-dried ham
- 1 Perl Wen (a Welsh cow's milk cheese) or 2 balls buffalo mozzarella , drained and each cut into 6 wedges
- toasted sourdough bread , to serve, optional
- STEP 1
Cut leeks in half lengthways, wash thoroughly, then thinly slice. Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan and add the leeks. Cook quickly over a med-high heat, stirring regularly until the leeks are tender with a little bite and still vibrant in colour, about 5-10 mins.
- STEP 2
Remove from the pan and allow to cool to room temperature. Fold in the grain mustard (1 tbsp at a time, to your taste) and chopped chives, and season with a little sea salt. The leeks can be made up to 3 hours ahead and left, covered, at room temperature.
- STEP 3
Serve the leek vinaigrette in a small heap on each plate. Then add the ham and 1-2 wedges of cheese. Serve with toasted sourdough bread, if you like.