Ham and Cheese Bites
Ham and Cheese Bites
Try this quick and easy Spanish-inspired recipe by Sarah Sharratt from UpRooted.
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Technique Mixed Stove Top
  • Preparation Time 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time 20 minutes
  • Yield 12 servings
  • Salsa Brava:
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil 
  • 1 medium Onion, roughly chopped  
  • 2 cloves Garlic, roughly chopped  
  • 1 teaspoon Piment d'espelette or Cayenne 
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar  
  • 2 teaspoons Red Wine Vinegar  
  • One 14½-ounce can diced Tomatoes  
  • Salt 
  • Ham and Cheese Bites:
  • 1 fresh Baguette 
  • 6 thin slices Basque Ham, such as Jambon de Bayonne or Kintoa Ham, halved  
  • 12 slices Basque Hard Cheese, such as Ossau-iraty or any Hard Sheep's-Milk Cheese)  
  • 12 good-quality Black Olives, pitted
  1. For the salsa brava: Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and saute, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes more. Stir in the piment d'espelette and fry for another minute. Add the sugar, vinegar, canned tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have broken down and the flavors have had a chance to meld, about 10 minutes
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/4 cup water. Carefully puree the mixture until completely smooth, using an immersion blender or in batches in a blender. If the sauce is too thick, add water 1 tablespoon at a time. Taste and adjust the seasoning (Makes about 2 cups)
  3. For the ham and cheese bites: Cut the baguette on the diagonal into 1/2-inch slices. Slather each slice with some salsa brava and top with a piece of ham, a slice of cheese and an olive. Insert a toothpick to hold everything in place

Special equipment: toothpicks

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