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Easy dinner party starter: Green beans wrapped in Parma Ham

Use this for the perfect virtual dinner party starter, or save it for your first IRL catch-up

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Crunchy and fresh green beans, sweet, salty and succulent Parma Ham, a little sharp zing from the dressing, and some beautiful crusty bread on the side. Could that combination sound any better?

Whether you're hosting a virtual dinner party with your friends and family, or whether you want to save this for that special occasion when we can all finally see our families again, this is the perfect starter for four, or it makes a delicious light lunch for two.

Green beans wrapped in Parma Ham

An easy five ingredient meal that serves four as a starter, or two as a light lunch



  • ...For the vinaigrette...
  • 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 50ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • ...For the bean salad...
  • 250g fine green beans
  • 4 slices Parma Ham
  • 1 large banana shallot
  • 10g fresh flat leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Put all ingredients for the dressing into a jug and whisk together.
  2. Boil the beans in plenty of salted water. Make sure that they are properly cooked and not still โ€˜ squeakyโ€™, which typically requires at least 5 minutes.
  3. Drain, refresh in cold water and drain again thoroughly.
  4. Finely chop the shallot, before de-stalking and finely chopping the parsley.
  5. Combine the beans, most of the dressing, the shallots and the parsley in a large bowl. Season to taste and coat the beans.
  6. Lay out 4 slices of Parma Ham and split the beans into four, laying across the ham before rolling them up.
  7. Place onto a plate and drizzle them with the remaining dressing.
  8. Serve with good bread.

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Comments (14)

  • I am almost sure I have tried this with asparagus. It's a fantastic idea indeed.

      1 year ago
    • Oh yehhhh. Sadly my plating skills aren't quite up to the food stylist's yet, so it never looks quite that good, but I'll get there!

        1 year ago
  • Stunning idea.

      1 year ago
    • A personal upgrading of this dish for you John would be to throw in a chickpea or two...

        1 year ago
  • Gotta ask, is Parma Ham the same as Prosciutto? You just call it something different?

      1 year ago
    • Hey Rebecca! 'Prosciutto' is ham in Italian, so 'Prosciutto di Parma' is Parma ham. However, sometimes the word 'prosciutto' is used as a generic term for ham, which might not be the official Parma Ham/Proscuitto di Parma. It's a...

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        1 year ago
    • Awesome! Nope, never knew that, thanks for the info!

        1 year ago
  • That looks and sounds amazing and delicious

      1 year ago
  • Apparently you can make magic in the kitchen. Thatโ€™s brilliant and easy. Iโ€™ll have to try this. Comments coming later.

      1 year ago