Raw courgettes, crème fraîche, Parmesan and prosciutto


At this time of year, try these sweet young vegetables in their purest form. They taste more of themselves than when they are cooked and have a lovely, crunchy texture. This makes an interesting, light first course.

1 small, young courgette, without blemishes
40g Parmesan cheese, shaved using a Y-shaped vegetable peeler
sea salt and black pepper
4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
a squeeze of lemon juice
4 tbsp crème fraîche
8 very fine slices of prosciutto

Shave the courgette lengthwise, using a peeler, and place in a bowl with the slices of Parmesan. Season with a little salt and pepper. Be careful not to use too much salt, as both the Parmesan and prosciutto have a substantial salt content.

Dress with half the olive oil and a small squeeze of lemon juice. Divide among four plates, then lay over a slice of prosciutto, top with the crème fraîche, then another layer of courgette, and a final slice of prosciutto. Drizzle over the rest of the oil and serve.


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