|Mapled Goat Cheese with Crisp Serrano Ham Appetizers|
4 slices of goat cheese (semi-soft) keeping the rind on
4 generous wafer thin slices of Serrano ham*
1/4 cup real Maple Syrup
4 slices of fresh baguette
Heat oven to 450o.
Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll up the Serrano ham into small rosettes, and place on the baking sheet - if you have some left over, just place them alongside. Bake for about 10 minutes - careful not to burn them. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
In a small saucepan over medium high heat, bring the maple syrup to a boil and let it boil gently (careful not to let it boil over!) until it has reduced to half the volume.
Using a toothpick, dip the sliced cheese in the maple syrup to coat all over, then place on one slice each on top of a slice of baguette. Spear the rolled Serrano and place on top of the cheese and serve. (If you have any left over syrup you can drizzle a little on top of each).
*Serrano Ham is a dried, cured Spanish ham that is similar to Prosciutto, but less salty. You can substitute Serrano with Prosciutto if you prefer.