Pan fried Mozzarella Wrapped in Bacon with Chutney and Sesame Seeds

A dollop of rich plum chutney sweetens this starter of melted mozzarella wrapped in bacon
By James Martin
Pan fried Mozzarella Wrapped in Bacon with Chutney and Sesame Seeds
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

Main

  • 150 g buffalo mozzarella, drained
  • 4 slices of speck bacon
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pinches salt and black pepper
  • 100 g mixed salad leaves
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

For the plum chutney

  • 8 plums, stoned and chopped
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 25 g butter, for frying

Method

1. Melt the butter and sauté the plums in a frying pan for 2-3 minutes. Add the sugar and vinegar and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the plums are soft and the sauce is rich and sticky.

2. Divide the cheese into quarters and wrap each piece in a slice of speck. Secure with wooden cocktail sticks.

3. Heat half the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Season the bacon wrapped mozzarella and fry for a few minutes on each side to brown and crisp the speck. Remove from the pan once the speck is crisp.

4. Place the salad leaves in a bowl with the remaining olive oil, vinegar and seasoning. Toss together and divide between two plates.

5. Place the wrapped Mozzarella on top of the salad, sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and pour over any juices remaining in the pan. Place a dollop of chutney on the side of each plate and serve straight away

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