Puff Pastry Boar Tusk Bracelets w/ Prosciutto & Asparagus inspired by Outlander

Murtagh's Gift to Ellen from Outlander

I caught a strange nonmetallic gleam in the depths of the box, and pointed.  "What's that?"

"Oh, those," she said, dipping into the box again.  "I've never worn them; they don't suit me.  But you could wear them -- you're tall and queenly, like my mother was.  They were hers, ye ken."

They were a pair of bracelets.  Each made from the curving, almost-circular tusk of a wild boar, polished to a deep ivory glow, the ends capped with silver tappets, etched with flowered tracery.

"Lord, they're gorgeous!"  I've never seen anything so...so wonderfully barbaric."

Jenny was amused.  "Aye, that they are.  Someone gave them to Mother as a wedding gift, but she never would say who.  My father used to tease her now and then about her admirer, but she wouldna tell him, either, just smiled like a cat that's had cream to its supper.  Here, try them."

The ivory was cool and heavy on my arm.  I couldn't resist stroking the deep yellow surface, grained with age.

"Aye, they suit ye," Jenny declared.  "And they go wi' that yellow gown, as well.  Here are the earbobs -- put these on, and we'll go down."

Outlander (Chapter 31)

Murtagh's Gift to Ellen

"Very sensible.  I don't imagine Mrs. Fitz would scream at sight of you," I agreed.  The bannocks were steaming gently in the cool air, and smelt heavenly.  I reached for one, the heavy boar's-tooth bracelets clinking together on my wrist.  I saw Murtagh's eyes on them and adjusted them so he could see the engraved silver end pieces.

"Aren't they lovely?"  I said.  "Jenny said they were her mother's."

Murtagh's eyes dropped to the bowl of parritch that Mrs. Crook had thrust unceremoniously under his nose.

"They suit ye," he mumbled.  Then, returning suddenly to the earlier subject, he said, "No, she wouldna summon help against me.  I was well acquent' wi' Glenna FitzGibbons, some time ago."

Outlander, Chapter 31

puff pastry

MacRannoch was studying the wizened little man, trying to subtract thirty years from the seamed countenance.

"Aye, I know ye," he said at last.  "Or not the name, but you.  Ye killed a wounded boar single-handed with a dagger, during the tynchal.  A gallant beast too.  That's right, the MacKenzie gave ye the tushes -- a bonny set, almost a complete double curve.  Lovely work that, man."  A look perilously close to gratification creased Murtagh's pitted cheek momentarily.

I started, remembering the magnificent, barbaric bracelets I had seen at Lallybroch.  My mother's, Jenny had said, given to her by an admirer.  I stared at Murtagh in disbelief.  Even allowing for the passage of thirty years, he did not seem a likely candidate for the tender passion.

Outlander (Chapter 36)

Murtagh's Gift to Ellen

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02 Feb 2012 - 8:27am


oh my oh my yum!!! i will definitely try this one (although may cheat and use frozen puff pastry)nnps anyone wondering about murtagh's tender romance... read exile!


Buying frozen puff is NOT cheating, Kea! It's just a case of making your busy life a little easier, right? Theresa

02 Feb 2012 - 12:11pm

Shana Jensen

I am so very impressed with your ideas... and your creativity. I truly enjoy this site and would be the first in line to purchase a real life cookbook. Yum!!!

02 Feb 2012 - 2:34pm


Verra impressive! I like your suggestion for the bacon sticks for Superbowl Sunday, I think that would be a hit! I love how you weave our beloved Outlander characters into the recipes, thank you so much...


I can see bacon sticks going very nicely with your plan of Green Chili, Jenn... :)

02 Feb 2012 - 5:04pm


Wow! Super elegant and they look so yummy! Great idea.

02 Feb 2012 - 5:16pm

Shari N.

Wow, these are beautiful to look at and sound delicious!


Many thanks, Shari -- and they go together pretty quickly -- easy Outlander!

02 Feb 2012 - 5:34pm

Connie Barlow

Cant wait to try this. We love them with just the bacon, but this will give me a new twist


Hope you like them Connie! (Though there aren't many out there that don't like puff and bacon...it's magic!) ;)

02 Feb 2012 - 5:47pm

The Mom Chef …

You are so creative I can't stand it. I found that little tidbit about Murtagh so poignant.

02 Feb 2012 - 5:50pm


What a brilliant idea.


Thank you! They're fun to make and really delicious...

02 Feb 2012 - 10:24pm

Kiri W.

Wow, this must be one o fthe prettiest things I've seen in a long time.. and it sounds delicious, too! Very nicely done :)

03 Feb 2012 - 2:17am


What a gorgeous idea! And ooh, prosciutto...


Yes, the prosciutto ones were my favourite...crispy and salty and yummy. :)

04 Feb 2012 - 12:13pm


Those are so cool! I love how you make these things connect to the story.


Thanks Carolyn! One of these days I'm gonna send you a copy of Outlander...

04 Feb 2012 - 7:59pm

Veronica Gantley

What a wonderful recipe. I bookmarked it to make later. Thanks for sharing.


Thanks for stopping by the Kitchen, Veronica. Please come again! Theresa

07 Feb 2012 - 9:51pm


Love, love, love these! You are so creative and talented- I seriously hope you get to make a cookbook someday.


You and me both, Bri -- you and me both :)

04 Aug 2012 - 4:15pm

Jo Anne Hissem

Thanks for posting & making it easy for me to get a copy of reciepe.

04 Aug 2012 - 4:21pm


Very creative! I love this! Trying to think of a veggie version. Maybe marinated red cabbage in place of the prosciutto? Any suggestions?


Victoria -- sorry I missed your question earlier! Marinated red cabbage will bleed all over and give you pink puff pastry...long, paper-thin slices of zucchini brushed with olive oil should work...

25 Oct 2012 - 5:21pm


I can't wait to try these! And I'm eternally grateful that frozen puff pastry isn't a sin. Without out, these wouldn't happen in my home.

01 Jun 2014 - 9:30pm

Gail Zwicker

I've made these and they are fabulous (used the purchased frozen puff pastry and worked perfectly!). Thanks for the recipe!

09 Sep 2014 - 4:29pm


I'm going to have to try these. I've got some proscuitto to use up

09 Sep 2014 - 7:28pm

Paul Hershey

BRAVO!!! - Boar Tusk Bracelet Pastries!! What an absolutely GRAND 'Twist' (yes, PUN intended) on a classic dinner party snack, munchy, hors d'huvre. FABULOUS - TY so much! And so well connecting back into the Outlander storyline. These will be served at my home - ad infinitum - whenever need arises. TY Again.

17 Nov 2014 - 5:00pm


What does the malt powder do for the recipe? I've never heard of that before.

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