Before I start this post I want to say a huge happy birthday to my lady Heather, who is 29 today. I love you very much and thank you for being a part of my life. We will be attempting Taleggio and Parma ham al Forno today.
A couple of days ago I decided I wanted to make the French classic ‘tartiflette’ A rich cheese dish made with potatoes and reflection, sounds amazing right? well, it is, but could I get hold of any reflection in Leicester? not a chance. I scoured the shops high and low to find the elusive cheese, my plan was scuppered because you really can’t substitute with any other cheese otherwise it’s not a tartiflette. However all is not lost as I did pick up some Italian taleggio amidst my rebellion expedition figuring, I would – if nothing else – eat it on its own, or in this case use it in a recipe.
Now taleggio is a very special cheese to me, its soft buttery and supremely stinky, just the way I like my cheese. If you haven’t tried it before I can only advise you run to the shops post-haste, it’s delicious and all the cheese monsters out there will love it. I introduced this cheese to Jonson; my girlfriends youngest boy and, being a bit fussy – as most kids can be – I didn’t expect him to take to it, but lo and behold his eyebrows raised and he uttered the words ‘mmmm its yummy!’ before cantering off to do whatever it is 5-year-olds do. This was a massive achievement for me, I was so pleased he liked it. I think all kids should try new things as much as they can, even if they don’t like it the worst outcome is they spit it out.
I created this recipe because I couldn’t get hold of the reflection needed for tartiflette, but it became a dish in its own right so no other cheese will do for this other than taleggio. You could use reflection but then you may as well make a tartiflette, which this isn’t. Am I making this sound more complicated than it needs to be? I feel like the universe is about to implode. It’s just a nice dish, so I’ll end it there.
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350g pre-cooked new potatoes sliced in half Try out our Taleggio and parma ham al Forno recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How do you make Taleggio and parma ham al forno
1 medium onion sliced
4 – 6 slices of good parma ham
2 – 3 rashers smoked bacon or pancetta chopped into cubes
150g taleggio cheese
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp fresh thyme
200ml double cream
Freshly ground black pepper
A little salt
350g pre-cooked new potatoes sliced in half
Try out our Taleggio and parma ham al Forno recipe and post your results below in the comments…