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Parma Ham Canapés with Sticky Balsamic Onion and Gorgonzola (Proscuitto di Parma stuzzichini)

These delicious Parma Ham canapés are quick to make and extra delicious; the only difficulty is not eating them all yourself! Using ready make canapé cases saves time and hassle for easy and tasty results.
Servings: 24 canapes
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins


  • 2 onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs Balsamic Vinegar
  • 24 Canape cases
  • 50 g Gorgonzola - (or other soft blue Italian cheese)
  • 4 slices Parma Ham
  • basil to garnish


  • Peel and chop the onion and the garlic.  Add to a frying pan with the olive oil and a pinch of salt and saute slowly over a low heat, stirring from time to time until starting to caramelise.  This should take 20-30 minutes.  
  • Once the onion has cooked down, add the balsamic vinegar and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Spoon the onion into the canapé cases.  Cut the Gorgonzola into small cubes and pop one into each canapé case on top of the onion. 
  • Bake in the oven at 180C (Fan)/375 F/ Gas Mark 5 for 5 minutes until the cheese has melted.
  • Cut each slice of the Parma ham into nine - divive by three lengthwise, and then by three widthwise. Roll each piece of ham and place one in each canape case.
  • Garnish with basil leaves and serve immediately.


To make in advance

  • Cook the onion beforehand and it will keep for 3 days in the fridge.
  • Cut the cheese into cubes and keep covered in the fridge.
  • Also cut and roll up the ham, and again, keep covered in the fridge.
  • Place the basil leaves on a piece of damp kitchen paper in a plastic box; they'll keep for a few hours.
  • When ready to serve assemble as above, if the onion is fridge cold you may need to cook for another minute or two.
  • This recipe is 1 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 21mg | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 14mg