Italian Figs, Mozzarella and Parma Ham

Absolutely delicious as an appetiser, I often recreate this simple Italian starter for friends, family and Friday nights.

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Absolutely delicious, this simple appetizer is something I often recreate for friends, family and Friday nights. This easy recipe is inspired the fabulously simple starter of Parma ham, figs and buffalo mozzarella that we shared at the River Cafe in London. Making this appetizer take no time at all, but what really makes the difference is using the best quality ingredients you can afford.

A Simple, Yet Delicious, Italian Appetizer for Two

Start by carefully placing the slices of parma ham across a plate. If you’re able to, try to get your hands on parma ham that has been aged for at least 20 months, for a richer, more mature taste.

Tear the buffalo mozzarella in half with your hands and place across each plate.

Slice the figs into quarters and place on top of the parma ham.

Rip a few fresh basil leaves in half and scatter across the plate.

Add a pinch of chilli flakes to give the dish a bit more of a kick. Finally, grind black pepper and drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the mozzarella, and enjoy!

Simple Italian Appetizer: Figs, Mozzarella and Parma Ham

Italian Figs, Mozzarella and Parma Ham
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

A simple starter recipe, inspired by the River Cafe in London, UK

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 70 g of matured parma ham
  • 1 ball of buffalo mozzarella
  • 2 fresh figs
  • A sprinkling of fresh basil leaves
  • A pinch of crushed chilli flakes
  • A grind of black pepper
  • A drizzle of olive oil extra virgin
Instructions
  1. Start by carefully placing the slices of parma ham across a plate. If you’re able to, try to get your hands on parma ham that has been aged for at least 20 months, for a richer, more mature taste.

  2. Tear the buffalo mozzarella in half with your hands and place across each plate.

  3. Slice the figs into quarters and place on top of the parma ham.

  4. Rip a few fresh basil leaves in half and scatter across the plate.

  5. Add a pinch of chilli flakes to give the dish a bit more of a kick. Finally, grind black pepper and drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the mozzarella, and enjoy!

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