The Cook with Biltong Club: Biltong, watermelon and Manchego canapes

Summer in England keeps threatening to arrive…a bit of warmer air, a bit of sunshine and your hopes rise! They’re usually dashed pretty quickly by a whole day of rain and cold wind, but in that sniff of summer I start dreaming about  long, lazy afternoons in the garden.

Which brought me on to thinking about summer snacks using my favourite ingredient: biltong. Okay, there’s no actual cooking involved in this tasty dish but you do have to chop and assemble. My inspiration came from the traditional Italian starter of Parma ham and melon which is such a delicious combination. It sometimes comes with a bit of grated parmesan, too.

So I decided to mix a bit of South Africa with a bit of Spain (as I did for my biltong tortilla) for these delightful mouthfuls.  Simply cut some watermelon into small wedges (removing all pips), place a slice of biltong on top and a slice of manchego to finish off. Hold together with a toothpick. (My 2014 version of cheese and pineapple on a stick)

The combination of colours, textures and flavours is lovely! My tasters gave them a firm thumbs up too. Bring on the summer!

Lovely summer snacks that you guests will love
Lovely summer snacks that you guests will love

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I’m regularly going to post a new recipe using biltong, so watch this space.

And if you want to order some yourself, I highly recommend the Chichester Biltong Company where you can choose the wetness and fattiness of your biltong too (it’s very personal, you know).

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