The beauty of this salumi plate recipe inspired by SBS, is you can make your own elements to add or simply stock up on some beautiful produce at the farmer’s markets. It also matches beautifully with our whole bunch pressed wines, The Menace Merlot and The Perfectionist Syrah.
200g button mushrooms, wiped clean
1 splash olive oil
River salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 sprigs thyme
2 bay leaves
175 m lcider vinegar
75 ml water
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp table salt
1 red onion
2 tsp river salt
2 tsp caster sugar
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp fennel seeds
220 ml milk
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs thyme
150 g grated parmesan
4 egg yolks
50 ml extra virgin olive oil
River salt and white pepper
An array of various salumi, allow 100–150 g per person
1 small handful radishes, washed and cut in half
1 drizzle olive oil
Cracked black pepper
1 loaf fresh bread
- Preheat oven to 200°C.
- Slice off the bottom tip of the mushroom stalks and cut mushrooms into quarters. Place in a bowl, add a splash of oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and place on a baking tray. Cook in the oven for 5 minutes.
- Scoop the mushrooms off the tray, leaving behind any juices, and place in a container with the herbs.
- Meanwhile, combine vinegar, water, sugar and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Have a taste to make sure it is not too strong. Cool the liquor to room temperature and then pour over the mushrooms.
- Leave in the fridge for at least 2 days before you use.
- Cut the top and bottom off the onion, cut in half lengthways and peel.
- Using a very sharp knife, slice the onion very finely along the grain. Place in a bowl and, with your hands, massage in the salt and sugar.
- Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for at least 2 hours. They will have collapsed a little and released some liquid.
- Using your hands, squeeze the onion to get out the last of the juices and place in another bowl. Add the vinegar and oil to the onion and mix to combine. They are ready to use straightaway, but can be kept in the fridge for up to a week.
- In a small frying pan over a gentle heat, toast the peppercorns and fennel seeds, gently tossing every now and again until lightly toasted. Give them a rough pound in a mortar and pestle.
- Place into a pan with the milk and herbs and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and stand for 10 minutes or so to allow the flavours to infuse into the milk.
- Strain the milk into a clean saucepan, add the parmesan and place on medium heat. Use a whisk to mix together. Once the parmesan has melted, whisk in the egg yolks, one by one. Cook over a gentle heat, whisking continuously for about 6 minutes until smooth, thickened and silky.
- Remove from the heat, place in a bowl and cover the surface of the custard with plastic wrap to stop a skin forming. Allow to cool.
- Place cooled custard in a blender and blend, slowly adding the olive oil. Season. This can be made up to a week ahead.
- Arrange salumi artfully into groups on a platter, leaving spaces to pile your pickles and radish.
- Give everything a light drizzle of olive oil and a few turns of pepper.
- Serve the parmesan custard on the side.
- Place a loaf of bread on a board with a knife so your friends can cut at will.
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