What kind of foods do you like? Would you consider yourself to be a meat person?
As it turns out, eating meat is actually a good thing. After all, it’s packed with proteins, which is essential for a number of body functions.
As with all foods, however, you want to vary the types of meat that you eat. Had steak for dinner last night? Perhaps go for something else tomorrow!
Here’s an idea—how about Jamón Ibérico? It’s a type of cured ham that’s popular in Spain and Portugal.
You can eat it by itself, put it on a slice of bread, or make a dish out of it! The options are endless.
Looking for some recipes? If so, you’re on the right page! We’ll be sharing some of our favorite Iberian ham recipes below. Keep reading to learn more!
4 Delicious Jamon Iberico Recipes That Are Worth Trying
Not sure what to make with the cured ham? Here are a few ideas!
1. Huevos Rotos With Iberico Ham
Start by peeling 3-4 medium-sized potatoes. Proceed to cut them into thin slices and fry with Spanish olive oil. Set them aside on a plate once they’re soft.
Next, fry a few eggs in olive oil. Remove them from the pan once the egg white is no longer transparent. Carefully place them on top of the potatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Finally, add a few slices of Jamon Iberico on top of the eggs. The key is to leave them on there for a few minutes—that will allow the fat to melt, which will give the dish extra flavor.
2. Grilled Cheese Jamon Iberico
Spread butter on four slices of bread. When you’re finished, place them on a baking sheet, buttered side down.
Add a slice of your favorite Spanish cheese and a generous amount of Jamon Iberico. Top with more cheese and refrigerate the sandwich for at least 30 minutes.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat (you can also use a panini press) and cook the sandwiches until the cheese melts—the bread should be golden brown.
3. Asparagus Wrapped in Iberico Ham
Preheat the oven to 400F. Place a bunch of asparagus (trimmed) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil and add a bit of salt and pepper. Roast the asparagus for 10-12 minutes in the oven until tender.
Let it cool before wrapping the asparagus with half a slice of Iberico ham. Transfer to a platter and serve.
4. Jamon Iberico Croquetas
Heat 6 tablespoons of olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add 3/4 cup of flour and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
Gradually add in 1 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Continue to cook for 30 minutes. From there, add in half a teaspoon of nutmeg. Cook until the sauce is smooth and thick.
Next, add in half a cup of minced Iberico ham. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes on low heat. From there, remove the mixture and allow it to cool for 10 minutes before placing it in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
Once it’s refrigerated, divide the mixture into 1-inch balls with your hands. Set them on a plate.
Next, combine 1 cup of breadcrumbs with 2 lightly beaten eggs in a small bowl. Dip the croquettes into the breadcrumb mixture and fry with hot oil. Cook until they are golden brown.
Enjoying Jamon Iberico
And there we have it—4 Jamon Iberico recipes that are both easy to make and delicious! Which one will you be making?
If you would like to learn everything you would ever need to know about Jamón Ibérico read our article, The Ultimate Guide to Spain’s Jamón Ibérico.
If dessert is more your thing, check out 13 Spanish Desserts That Transcend Your Tastebuds.
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