Gorgeous rosemary prune skewers

Add a little rustic excitement to your next barbecue with these French inspired skewers
By Jamie Oliver
Gorgeous rosemary prune skewers
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  • Serves: makes 4 skewers
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

  • 4 long woody sprigs of rosemary
  • ½ a loaf of rustic white bread, crusts removed
  • 12 ready-to-eat prunes
  • 50 g soft goats' cheese
  • 12 shelled walnut halves
  • 6 rashers smoked, streaky bacon, the best quality you can afford, halved lengthways
  • a small bunch of fresh bay leaves, leaves picked
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp quince jelly or apricot jam
  • a bunch of fresh thyme
  • extra virgin olive oil

Tips and Suggestions

Jamie says: "As you can see, I made these using thick woody rosemary sprigs, the sort youll see in farmers markets all over the country or find growing wild. Using rosemary as a skewer is great, because it shares its flavour with the other ingredients. If you cant get woody sprigs, just soak some regular wooden skewers or even cocktail sticks in water and use those instead. If youre having a party, make up a few batches of these and have them standing by ready to cook. Theyre ridiculously easy to prepare and everyone will love them.

Method

1. Pick most of the leaves off the rosemary sprigs but leave the ones at the top intact. Cut the bottom of each sprig into a sharp point. Cut the bread into 4cm cubes youll need 12 in total. Pick up a prune and poke your finger into the hole where the stone used to be, to make the cavity slightly bigger. Spoon and push some soft goats cheese into the cavity, then press a walnut half into the cheese.Wrap half a rasher of bacon around the prune and secure by skewering it on to a rosemary sprig. Thread a bay leaf on next, then a cube of bread and another stuffed prune. Continue doing this until youve used up all your ingredients and have 3 prunes on each skewer. Lay the skewers in a tray.

2. When youre ready to cook them, preheat your griddle pan, barbecue, grill or even oven so its screaming hot. Drizzle olive oil over the tray of skewers, scatter over a good pinch of salt and pepper, and turn each skewer over in the tray until each one is well coated. However you're going to cook them, just make sure you look after them and turn them every minute or so for around 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden, crisp and delightful all over.

3. Meanwhile, gently heat the quince jelly or apricot jam in a small pan with a splash of water until its loose enough to paint on to your skewers. Use a pastry brush or a bunch of thyme to lightly paint the warmed jelly all over the skewers. Cook for another minute or so, turning every few seconds so they get sticky and caramelized, then use tongs to move them to a platter. Drizzle over a little extra virgin olive oil and serve straight away.

©(2010) Jamie Oliver Enterprises. Photographer: David Loftus.

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