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Bite-sized courgettes in blankets for a ‘free from’ Christmas

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How super cute are these courgettes in blankets? These bite-sized beauties are my healthy take on pigs in blankets. Perfect finger food for the Christmas buffet.

Mini roasted courgettes wrapped in thin, crispy layers of 100% natural, preservative free parma ham from Prosciutto di parma. Quick and simple to make and so tasty you’ll be making them time and time again. Oh and thanks to the sulphite free parma ham they’re free from the top 14 allergens and autoimmune friendly.


  • 320g mini courgettes
  • 1 packet (6 slices) of preservative free Parma Ham
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive oil
  • Pinch of Pink Himalayan or sea salt


Preheat the oven to 190C (fan assisted.)

Place the courgettes on a baking tray. Coat in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and roast in the oven for 15 minutes. After this time, wrap half a slice of parma ham around each courgette and place back in the oven for 20 minutes until the ham is all crispy and delicious.

That’s it. Super simple. Now who said Christmas cooking was stressful.

Free from Christmas

This courgettes in blankets recipe is part of a ‘Free From’ Christmas challenge some of my dearest foodie friends set ourselves to help inspire you guys following free from diets and show that even if you’re missing a few ingredients you can still enjoy wonderful Christmas food, you just got to get creative!

We decided to create a virtual allergy friendly christmas table. All our dishes are free from the top 14 allergens. Not everyone’s is Paleo or sugar free like mine though so please take note of the ingredients if you are. Over the next two weeks we’re all taking it in turns to post a recipe to bring to the free from buffet. Now this is one party i’m not missing out on this festive season. Who’s coming along? Don’t forget to share your pics if you make my recipe on Instagram, I love seeing tCourgettes in blankets, zucchini, courgettes, pigs in blankets, Christmas food, food photography, Paleo Crust, free from food, finger food, healthy foodhem.

My part

I literally jumped at the offer to take part in this challenge because eating free from has changed my life. I barely remember the girl who battled pain everyday because of my autoimmune condition. Changing my diet has literally changed my life. It helped me take control back of my life from my condition and i’ve never looked back. We want to show that you can still enjoy delicious, free from food at Christmas and what’s more, it’s easy to make and a whole heap of fun.

Recipes are all free from the top 14 allergens
  • Cereals containing gluten: wheat, rye, barley, oats (if not gluten free). Please note not all are grain free so may not be Paleo or Keto approved.
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Soya
  • sesame
  • Lupin
  • Celery and celeriac
  • nuts
  • Fish
  • Molluscs
  • Crustaceans
  • Mustard
  • Tree nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, cashews, brazils, macadamia and pistachio)
  • Peanuts
  • Sulphites
My party friends sharing our ‘Free From’ Christmas feast

Mel – Le Coin de Mel 

Vicki – The Free From Fairy 

Nath – The Intolerant Gourmand 

Emma – Free From Farmhouse

Grace – Eats Amazing

Nova – Cherished by Me

Ciara – My Fussy Eater
Reneé – Mummy Tries
We’d love for you to join our Free from Christmas. Share your recipes with us on Pinterest and Instagram.
This recipe was also shared on the Little Bites of Beauty AIP Christmas Recipe Party
Save my courgettes in blankets on your Pinterest board for Christmas
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  1. Renee @ mummytries

    December 3, 2016

    SO my kind of food!! I’m paleo too (well around 95% of the time), and more than anything else love the simplicity of eating natural food. Great recipe 🙂

    • Jo Harding

      December 5, 2016

      Hey Renee, I’m so pleased you like them and I’m so excited to meet another Paleo foodie. That’s super exciting. Can’t wait to check out some of your recipes. Jo x

  2. Mel

    December 4, 2016

    I love, love, love it hun! I love bacon but find pig in blankets greasy and quite unsightly if I’m honest. Your healthier version looks far more appealing and I love it! Thanks so much for taking part in this challenge and creating such a great ‘free from’ dish. I’ll definitely be making these courgettes in blankets for Christmas. xx #FreeFromChristmas

    • Jo Harding

      December 5, 2016

      ah so pleased you like them Mel. Yes pigs in blankets can be a bit greasy if you don’t get a good quality sausage with a lower fat content. These are definitely a lighter option. I’m so pleased you invited me to take part in this #freefromchristmas buffet. I love it. Can’t wait to do more #freeform collaborations and fun next year. Jo xx

  3. Vicki Montague

    December 5, 2016

    I love this idea! It’s so simple and easy. Can I just ask…are sausages off the menu for you? I’m trying to get back into a grain free way of living but can’t quite seem to get there!

    • Jo Harding

      December 5, 2016

      Hey Vicki, so pleased you like them. Oh how exciting you’re trying grain free. It’s changed my life beyond belief. Baby steps hun, you’ll get there. I passionately believe health starts and ends in the gut and ditching grains can help with this. Here’s to lots of creative cooking together. No i still eat sausages, just make sure they are good quality and without grains, so pure meat. I was just having a bit of fun with this recipe and going for something different. Jo x

  4. Intolerant Gourmand

    December 5, 2016

    Oh Jo these look absolutely amazing!! What a fab idea! I’ll definitely be trying these out over the festive period! x #freefromchristmas

    • Jo Harding

      December 5, 2016

      Thanks Nat. Means the world to me coming from such an awesome free from foodie. Loving our little #freeformchristmas
      I hope you enjoy them Jo x

  5. Ciara Attwell

    December 5, 2016

    These look so good! I am definitely trying them this Christmas!

    • Jo Harding

      December 5, 2016

      Oh please do Ciara. Thanks so much for all your support hun. Our free from buffet is going to be awesome!

  6. Cherished By Me

    December 5, 2016

    Oh what a great idea! I love wrapping food in parma ham but have never thought of using courgettes before (one of my favourite vegetables)

    • Jo Harding

      December 5, 2016

      Thanks so much Nova. I hope you enjoy them. They’re so cute looking. Jo x

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