The world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament got underway this week at The All England Tennis club in SW19 and although there’ve been some shock exits already, you can always console yourself in the culinary delights Wimbledon brings us. The Grand Slam event draws to a close next Sunday so we thought we’d bring you our best Wimbledon-inspired recipes that you can quickly easily make in the run up to finals weekend (giving you more time to enjoy the top-notch tennis).

Mini Italian Club Sandwiches

These tiny toasted wonders are just the ticket when lolling around on the grass, catching some rays and waiting for the next match to start.

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Ingredients:

• x3 large eggs
• x 10 rashers of thin-sliced smoked bacon
• x2 round focaccia
• 225g thinly sliced turkey
• 110g thinly sliced provolone cheese
• 240ml pesto
• x2 tbspn double cream
• 1/4 tspn salt
• 1/8 tspn freshly ground black pepper
• 15g unsalted butter

Preparation:

Whisk the eggs, cream, salt, and pepper together in a mixing bowl until well combined then heat a non-stick frying pan. Lightly brush the pan with butter then pour 60ml of the mixture into the pan, ensuring you evenly coat the bottom of the pan. Then, cover and cook until the crepe is set. Repeat to make four crepes. Next, place the bacon in a large frying pan and fry until crisp. Preheat a grill pan over medium heat, cut the focaccia horizontally and place face down on the grill pan until golden brown. Finally, spread pesto over the toasted sides of each halved focaccia then cover the bottom halves with crepes, turkey, provolone, and bacon.

Pimms Cup

This refreshing summer drink is quintessentially British and has been a firm favourite with Wimbledon crowds since the late 1800s. It’s really easy to make too!

pims-cup

Ingredients:

  • x2 oranges, cut into crescent segments
  • x2 lemons, cut into crescent segments
  • x1 English cucumber, washed and sliced
  • 500ml Pimm’s No. 1
  • 1 litre Sprite/7-Up
  • 6 to 8 large sprigs mint (crushed gently)

Preparation:

Fill 2 pitchers 1/4 full with ice (the Tower Ice Maker will save you a lot of time here!).  Add a layer of orange slices, a few lemon slices, and a layer of cucumber slices to each pitcher. Repeat the layering. Pour in the Pimm’s and Sprite/7-Up, dividing between the pitchers, then mix the whole lot together using a long-handled spoon. Poke a few mint sprigs and leaves down into the pitcher and then pour into high-ball tumblers. Garnish each drink with few slices of fruit and cucumber, along with some mint leaves.

Strawberries & Cream

Perhaps the most emblematic food of Wimbledon, around 27000 kilos of strawberries and 7000 litres of cream are devoured by tennis fans during each tournament!

strawberry-cream

Ingredients:

  • 200g strawberries
  • x1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • x1 vanilla pod (scored lengthways and with seeds removed)
  • x1 splash sherry vinegar
  • x1 300ml pot crème fraîche
  • Handful fresh mint leaves
  • Zest of 1 orange

Preparation:

First, wash the strawberries by placing in a colander and running them under the cold tap. Divide the punnet in two then take half and place into a bowl, adding the sugar, half the vanilla seeds and the sherry vinegar. Mash together using a fork and leave to soak for 15 minutes. Next, stir the remaining vanilla seeds into the crème fraîche. Then, spoon a blob of vanilla crème into the centre of each serving bowl, make a little crater and spoon in some strawberry mush. Half the rest of the strawberries and scatter over the top along with mint leaves and orange zest.

We think you’ll agree that those tasty creations will have you set for balmy evenings spent watching the Wimbledon coverage over the next week, or even better, keep you fuelled if you’re lucky enough to be at the event itself. Even if you’re not huge on tennis though, these dishes and drinks are great for summer!

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