Surfas was out of cured Iberico de Bellota Ham a few months ago and I was really excited yesterday to see it's finally back. The ham is a thing of beauty to be admired in person. Surfas gets the whole leg (bone-in of course) and sets it at their deli/cheese counter to be carved to order. Surfas said they should be stocking this until March.
Look at that lovely fat; trust me, you want to savor every bit of that. Black Iberico pigs are exclusive to Spain and feeds (free-range) almost exclusively on acorns and fresh herbs. Therefore, both the meat and fat have a rich salty and nutty flavor that tastes like gold...well, that's what I imagine what gold would taste like if gold was edible. I ate my first slice today and I did slice off of some of that fat and used it to roast a chicken for dinner. (I slit the chicken skin and stuck the Iberico fat between the chicken breast and skin. The breast came out moist and extra tasty.)
Surfas is selling the Iberico for $135.25/lb. I got four slices which set me back $33. What can I say? A New Year's treat was in order.
Oh, check out my first post if you want to read about cooking raw Iberico de Bellota. It was fun cooking it and even more amazing when it came to chow time.
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