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Parma Ham And Pesto Parcels

Published Saturday, 14 February, 2009 by Kirsty

Looks and tastes so impressive!



  • This sounds really hard but I altered the recipe to make it as easy as possible with some cutting corners and cheats :-). The recipe serves 2 as a main course but I often half the ingredients and serve it as a starter
  • 4 slices of parma ham
  • 4 tsp grated parmesan
  • For the risotto:
  • Rice (any variety)
  • tbsp butter
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 125ml white wine
  • 750ml of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 tbsp parmesan
  • Herbs (pick your own but I find oregano and basil work nicely)
  • Pesto (green)


1. First make the risotto. Cook the rice to packet instructions.

2. Fry the chopped garlic gently in a pan until it has softened

3. Add the herbs and wine to the stock and put in the pan to boil.

4. Once the rice is cooked and the stock and wine has boiled down add the butter and parmesan. Stir and then add the rice. Continue to cook until the risotto has the right amount of sauce and then take off the heat.

5. Put the parma ham into the shape of a cross and put a genorous dollop of the risotto in the centre. Fold up the sides of the ham to make a parcel and put a dollop of pesto on top. Repeat until you have used all the ham

6. Preheat the grill

7. Sprinkle the top of the parcels with grated parmesan

8. Put under the grill until the cheese is bubbeling (about 2 minutes) and serve immeadiatly


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