Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Easy Recipes with Jamon Bellota

The exquisite taste of Jamon Bellota makes of it a delicatessen. In this section, I will give you some recipes which with you can surprise your friends and guests.
Jamon Bellota with melon starter (Melon con Jamon) for 2
For this recipe for 2 people you just need a small melon and 200grs Jamon Bellota. The traditional Spanish way is to serve the slices of melon wrapped in the slices of Jamon Bellota, but to give it a more chic touch we will do a bit different. Put the melon in the blender till it is like a soup. Slice the ham in small square pieces and do it in the melon soup. You can save a couple of slices to put them in a toast as an accompaniment.
Jamon Bellota with Mushrooms (ChampiƱones con Jamon) for 2
In this recipe we will use 150grs Jamon Bellota, one packet of fresh mushrooms, half glass of sherry (you can also use dry white wine) and a bit of parsley.
Wash or clean the mushrooms with a vegetables brush. Cut them in 2 or in 4 depending of their size. Chop the ham in small squares. In a pan, heat a bit of olive oil and throw the ham on in. Let it fry for a couple of minutes and then add the mushrooms. Stir it till the mushrooms are a bit brown and then add the sherry and let it cook slowly till a big part of the sherry has evaporated. Finally, cut the parsley in small pieces and put it on top to serve.
Jamon Bellota with tomato, oil and bread (Pan tomaca) for 2
This recipe is typical from Barcelona.
You need 100grs of sliced ham, 6 slices of toasted bread (better the French baguette type or any type more consistent than the sandwich one), a bit of olive oil, salt and 2 fresh tomatoes.
Grate the tomatoes (a cheese grater will do perfectly) in a bowl. Add a bit of olive oil and salt to taste. Put this mix over the toasted bread. Add the slices of ham on top of the bread and you are ready to enjoy!

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