Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Martha's Favorite Sexy Recipe

My absolute favorite use of the word sexy comes from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

Here is his salad, copied directly from his website with my comments in brackets.

I love this salad. Apart from being a great combination, it always seems unbelievably effortless, which is the kind of recipe I like. The constant success of this is due to the common-sense marriage [marriage! see how he talks about food? like its PEOPLE] of salty Parma ham, milky buffalo mozzarella and sweet figs, which obviously need to be of a good quality. The best figs to use are Italian and the best time to buy them is June to August when they are in season. Greek figs are a good second-best and are in season from September to November. The best figs always seem to be those that are about to split their skins. Use green or black figs - it doesn't really matter.

One thing I do is to criss-cross the figs but not quite to the bottom - 1 fig per person is always a good start. [I often screw up and hit bottom. Nothing to cry about.] Then, using your thumbs and forefingers, squeeze the base of the fig to expose the inside. At this point you'll think, 'Oooh, that looks nice, I think I'm quite clever ...' or at least I do. [Also sexy? A sense of humor. Check this guy out!] More importantly, it allows your dressing to get right into the middle of the fig. All these little things really help to make a salad special. Simply place the figs in a dish, weave around 1 slice [or three] of Parma ham or prosciutto per fig, throw in some slices of buffalo mozzarella and rip over some green or purple basil. Mix 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, a tablespoon of good honey and some sea salt and freshly ground black pepper together in a bowl and drizzle everything with this dressing. As far as salads go, it's pretty damn sexy. [Agreed]


L.G.C. Smith said...

Mmmm. Sounds delish. Easy peasy, too. Here in Northern California, I'll bet Jamie would use figs from the Knoll Farms (aka Tairwa) in Brentwood. They grow the sexiest figs this side of Italy and Greece.

Juliet Blackwell said...

Sounds sooooo good, and sexy! When do we eat???

Gigi Pandian said...

Oh, how I LOVE Jamie Oliver! He and Alton Brown are how I've been learning to cook, and what fun it is :)

Unknown said...

Holy crap that sounds good. A little surprised you didn't talk about your fav sport instead. ;)