Omar Allibhoy’s figs, ham and cheese on toast

09 Nov 2021 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Luxury London

Taken from his new cookbook, Spanish Made Simple: Foolproof Spanish Recipes for Every Day, this quick and easy party recipe by Omar Allibhoy is a brilliant twist on classic winter flavours. A plateful can be whipped


Serves 4 as tapas

100g cream cheese50g walnuts, halved4 slices rustic bread, toasted8 figsExtra virgin olive oil1tbsp brown sugarSplash of sherry vinegarPinch of sea salt8 thin slices Serrano home


  1. Mix the cream cheese with three-quarters of the walnuts, crumbling them between your hands and beating them into the cheese with a fork. Spread generously over the bread.
  2. Open your figs by cutting a cross at the pointed end and opening them out like a flower with your fingers.
  3. Drizzle some olive oil into a pan over a medium heat and add the brown sugar.
  4. Add the figs and fry the bases only, without turning them; we only want to cook the bottoms of the figs. Watch the caramel that forms in the pan doesn’t burn.
  5. Add the sherry vinegar and turn off the heat.
  6. Place your hot figs over the toast and drizzle with the hot vinaigrette from the pan.
  7. Top with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt and slices of Serrano ham.
  8. Sprinkle with the remaining walnuts.

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