Smoked cheese in blankets

Smoked cheese in blankets

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 10 - 12

Jazz up your Christmas buffet table with these smoky cheese bites, wrapped in pancetta with sprigs of rosemary. Serve golden, crispy and piping hot

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving (12)

  • kcal107
  • fat10g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs0g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.8g


  • 18-24 thin rashers smoked pancetta



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 150g Bavarian smoked cheese, trimmed and cut into 24 pieces
  • a few rosemary sprigs



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180 fan/gas 6. Carefully wrap the pancetta around the cheese pieces (you may not need a full slice of pancetta for each piece of cheese, depending on the size). Can be done two days ahead and kept covered in the fridge.

  2. Put the rosemary sprigs on a baking tray and place the cheese in blankets on top. Roast in the oven for 15 mins until golden and crispy. Serve immediately but be careful, as they will be molten hot inside.

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3rd Dec, 2017
Used the round Austrian smoked cheese that looks like a sausage from Sainsburys. Cut into 4 lengthways then into 3 across to make 12 pieces. For bite size pieces cut into 4 both ways. Tip.....wrap the pancetta lengthways first, then around the cheese this will stop the cheese from oozing out of the ends. Great little Christmas treats, good for canapes or as part of a sharing starter board. Make the cranberry and chestnut falafels to go onto the starter board also on BBC good food. To complete make cream cheese and smoked salmon blinis, I used the ready made blinis from Sainsburys. Makes a nice sharing board for a starter.
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