Nutty Grilled Baby Gem with Goats’ Cheese

This is one of my most relied-on, instant, starters. It’s quick and easy to do (you just have to defy distraction to avoid the brulée effect); it’s fresh and not too filling; and it’s a bit different and interesting.

This takes about three minutes to prepare (the preparation can be done ahead of time). Then tell your guests to get themselves seated and pour out wine etc while you cook – the cheese will need about five minutes under a hot grill – then serve it immediately.

If you have some interesting chutney – the saucy peach nearly-chutney would be good – that goes well.

At José Pizarro at the Royal Academy they serve a ‘salad de cogollo’, gem hearts topped with idiazábal cheese, nuts and capers… so in addition to the nuts in this recipe you could also experiment with adding capers.

For more ideas of things to do with baby gem on Saucy Dressings follow this link.

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