It’s jamón ibérico, Spanish cured ham, and it’s addictive—“I’ve been ruined for all other cured meats,” says gini. Nothing can compare to the sheer pleasure of eating this ham. It’s silky, a little funky, fatty, smooth, and completely awesome. Too bad it’s also $24.50 for a quarter pound.
moh notes that the stuff is still not legal in Canada—and recommends eating it as they do in Barcelona: Buy a really good loaf of bread, a real baguette or perhaps a nice ciabatta. Toast the bread as for bruschetta. Cut a clove of garlic in half and rub the open side on the toasted bread. Cut a ripe tomato in half. Rub the open side on the bread to squish the tomato juices and pulp onto the bread. Sprinkle with a touch of sea salt. Pile on jamón. Then eat, and think, “How can it get better than this?”
“I’m afraid I couldn’t even get the stuff on a plate,” counters gini. “Just stood over the packaging eating it with my hands and smearing it all over my face. Ok, not quite, but you get the idea.”
Board Link: Jamón Ibérico–I’m ruined forever