Pea Blinis with Parma Ham and Mint & Melon Salsa

Pea Blinis with Parma Ham and Mint & Melon Salsa

25

Serves 36

Quick Luxury

Nutritional information

Per blini

68kcal

4.8g fat

2.7g saturates

0.8g sugar

0.3g salt

Ingredients

150g peas, defrosted

400g cold mashed potato

1large egg, beaten

50g plain flour

1-2 tbsp double cream

Sea salt and black pepper

Butter and rapeseed oil, for frying

Topping:

12 slices Parma ham

1 x 250g tub mascarpone

Melon & Mint Salsa:

200g ripe melon, peeled, seeded and cut into small pieces

2tbsp mint leaves, finely chopped

Juice of 1 lime

Sea salt and black pepper

Method

Firstly make the pea blinis; mix together the peas, potato, egg and flour until smooth. Season well and mix in the double cream, the mixture should resemble thick porridge.  Heat some oil with a little knob of butter in it, spoon heaped tablespoons of the mixture into the oil.  Cook over a medium heat until golden brown, then turn and cook for a further minute on the other side until the blinis are cooked through and firm to the touch.  Drain well and leave to cool slightly.  Cook the remaining mixture.

Lay all of the blinis on a tray and top with small pieces of Parma ham, then top with a small amount of mascarpone and a little of the melon and mint salsa.

The make the melon and mint salsa; mix the chopped melon flesh with the finely chopped mint leaves, stir in the lime juice and season with black pepper and a little sea salt.

Tip: It is very important to buy potatoes for mashing, do not add any butter or milk when mashing them. If the mixture appears not to set when been fried, add a little more flour.

Tip: If you prefer, you can make 6 larger ones, these are delicious with grilled gammon

Tips

The less water you use when cooking peas, the less vitamin C is lost. Steaming helps to conserve this vitamin.

When boiling frozen peas, add enough water to cover, bring to the boil and then cover and simmer for 3 minutes. To microwave 227 grams (8oz) of frozen peas add 15ml (1 tablespoon) of water, place in a non metallic container and cover. Cook on full power for 4 minutes (750W) or 4 1/2 minutes (650W)