5 ways to pimp your brunch with Parma Ham
From pancakes to smoothie bowls (!), start your day the Italian way
Parma Ham is brilliant stuff. Italy is responsible for some pretty fabulous exports, with silky, sweet, salty Parma Ham up there with the best of them.
Perhaps you’ve had it wrapped around cod before, or used it to add a certain deliciousness to asparagus. Perhaps it’s a charcuterie board staple in your house. However, have you thought about starting your day the Italian way, and adding a bit of gioia di vivere to your brunch?
There are so many – unexpected – ways of getting on board the Parma Ham train. From pancakes to smoothie bowls (oh yes, you heard right), here are five amazing ways to Parma Ham pimp your brunch.
Savoury pancakes with rye bread, spicy yoghurt sauce and Parma Ham
Imagine this: it's a lazy weekend. You have yourself a little lie-in. You venture into the kitchen. Hmmm, what do you want to make for breakfast? We've got an idea: how about these unbelievably delicious pancakes with yoghurty sauce and a generous helping of Parma Ham?
Small, savoury and filled with flavour, these sunny little omelette-like pancakes go together with traditional Italian Prosciutto di Parma like a swankier take on bacon and eggs. This recipe makes enough for 3-4 pancakes – whether you decide to share them or eat them all is up to you...
Ricotta smoothie bowl with Parma Ham, beansprouts and nuts
Kick-start your day with a healthy and delicious (not to mention |nstagrammable) smoothie bowl – and this savoury take on the modern breakfast staple is one of our favourites over here at FoodTribe.
All you'll need to make it is some smooth, creamy ricotta cheese, some yoghurt, some honey and some chillies – with a handful of beansprouts and nuts to give your bowl a crunchy boost. And the pièce de résistance? A few yummy slices of sweet, salty Parma Ham.
Bonus: you can throw it together as quick as a flash, so it's perfect for those mornings when you're high on things to do and low on time. That'll be every morning, then...
Parma Ham, Gruyère and poached egg croissants
Parma Ham. Poached eggs. Gruyère cheese. Croissants. As I'm sure you'll agree, they're all ingredients that are worth shouting about on an individual level. But when you put them together? Holy shizzle. You've got a breakfast/brunch behemoth that's sunny, savoury and certain to put a smile on your face.
Got 10 minutes to spare in the morning? Then thank your lucky stars, 'cause that's all the time you'll need to sleepily throw together this zero-faff recipe. Devour your flaky, buttery, pastry-and-Parma-Ham creation before you step out for the day, or wrap it up and eat it on the go – either way, you'll be winning at life.
Buddha Bowl with Parma Ham
What's a Buddha bowl, you ask? Simple: it's a healthy meal consisting of small portions of different foods, all served up in a... well, bowl (no surprises there) and topped with dressing. Colourful, pretty and filled with grains, vegetables and protein, these tasty bowls are a great way to ensure you're getting your five a day – and you can whip one up with next to no fuss.
This Italian-inspired Buddha bowl combines jewel-coloured pomegranate arils, blueberries, grated carrot and quinoa, all in one health-boosting serving. Topped off with a Parma Ham rosette, we mean it when we say it tastes as good as it looks.
Toast with Parma Ham, black sesame seeds and avocado
Whether it's mashed, smashed, sliced or guac-ed, I think we can all agree that avocado on toast is the true breakfast of champions. It'll keep you full for ages, it's healthy, it tastes amazing... and making it requires basically zero effort. No wonder it's stolen our hearts.
If, like us, you're a big fan of traditional avo on toast, you're gonna LOVE this fancy Parma Ham version. The creaminess of the avocado goes perfectly with the salty sweetness of the Parma Ham, elevating your morning slice of green goodness to something super special.
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