High temperatures have us seeking out lighter fare and delicious ways to highlight mid-summer market finds. With peaches at their peak, we’ve been on the hunt for innovative ways to enjoy them (especially now that we’re experts at selecting the fragile fruit), so when TSG New Orleans editor Taylor Morgan sent us Cedric Martin’s—owner of Martin Wine Cellar—recipe for a roast peach and Parma ham salad, we couldn’t resist.
A New Orleans institution, Martin Wine Cellar has been a destination for wine, spirits, and gourmet food for nearly seven decades. In addition to being one of our favorite lunch spots and places to procure a bottle (or case, when the occasion arises), the staff can be counted on to offer thoughtful advice on seasonal pairings. Incorporating sweet peaches, salty Parma ham, and delicious fresh greens—plus some cheese for good measure—the salad is both beautiful and full of flavor, and when enjoyed with a glass of rose, as per Martin’s recommendation, the combination looks and tastes like a celebration of summer. Here’s how to make it at home:
MARTIN WINE CELLAR’S ROAST PEACH AND PARMA HAM SALAD
Extra virgin olive oil
2 4-ounce balls of buffalo mozzarella
12 slices of Parma ham
Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup arugula
A few sprigs of fresh mint, leaves picked
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Halve and destone the peaches, then lie them cut-side up in a snug-fitting roasting tray. Drizzle the peaches with oil, then slide the tray into the hot oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until charred and sticky. Keep an eye on them and rotate the tray for even cooking.
Place two peach halves on each serving plate. Pop a small chunk of mozzarella and a slice of Parma ham over each peach. Squeeze the lemon juice into a jam jar and add three times as much oil, season with salt and pepper, and shake well. Place the arugula and mint leaves in a bowl, drizzle with the dressing, then scatter the leaves over the peaches. Serve straight away.
Save: Chateau des Deux Rocs Cabrieres Rose Premices 2014
Splurge: Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose 2014
For more ideas and information on delicious pairings, browse the July issue of Martin Monthly, and find more recipes on the Martin Wine Cellar website. And of course stop in and sample the food and wine in person on your next trip to New Orleans!
Martin Wine Cellar // New Orleans, LA // 504.899.7411
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