Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Madrid blog: Jamon Joselito
In case you wonder, the main reason I came to Spain is for the ham. Period.
So a couple of weeks ago I manned up and went and got myself a leg. Out I come with a Joselito. This being the district of Salamanca, Javier, the store attendant, prepares it like it came from Prada. Check it out in the picture. Nathalie was called "a brand new leg of jabugo ham" in the street the other day by construction workers. She didn't know what to make of it, I assured her it was the ultimate in spanish piropo. The picture proves it!
The way it is prepared is that the front bone plate is removed. This allows for a continuous cut. As seen in the picture.
Hams vary in quality greatly amongst themselves. This particular one was absolutely superb. I think I shed a tear when I first tried it. There was emotion in the house for about 2 weeks. We devoured it.