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Jan 2, 2008 06:02 AM

Jamón Ibérico - I'm ruined forever

Picked up some Jamon Iberico at my local cheese shop this weekend and I can now say I've been ruined for all other cured meats. Culatello, Schiacciata, Prosciutto, Speck - 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 $24.50/1/4lb. I've gone through 5 slices and already need more.

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  1. I hear you! I had a sample at my local cheese shop a few weeks ago and it totally knocked me out--really unusual and delicious. I thought it would be a richer version of prosciutto or serrano but it's completely unique. I'd already bought a bunch of pork products at that time so I didn't purchase any, but it may be time to take the splurge. It's worth it, and I think a little goes a long way.

    1. I did not need to know this! I do not need a new $100 per pound addiction.

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      1. re: scuzzo

        Amen Brother! That's what I thought when I read this - Oh great! Another tasty treat I can't afford!

        1. re: danhole

          I'm sure this is great stuff, but I'd rather save my big bucks temptations for a bit of good dark chocolate, and some fine cheese, like Stilton or an aged Gouda.

          1. re: scuzzo

            Ah! Good cheese! That's my real downfall. I have said it before and I will say it again - I would never spend $20 per lb. on meat, but I will on cheese!

            1. re: danhole

              We saw it at a market in New York but didn't have the guts to try it.

              1. re: danhole

                But, a little bit of cheese goes a long way!

          2. re: scuzzo

            Me Too!!!! I've been trying to resist this insidious temptation, but I fear this week-end all will be lost when I throw all caution to the wind and give in. Pray for me.

              1. re: gini

                Thanks gini. Formagio is one of my favorite places in the world!

          3. I am so jealous! It is still not legal in Canada! Still, U.S.A. is closer than Spain, so i am hopeful I can pick some up the next time I am in the States. I would agree that it is the best in its class.

            When the summer tomatoes are back in full swing, try it as they eat it in Barcelona. Buy a really good loaf of bread, a real baguette (not the fake stuff they sell in supermarkets) or perhaps a nice ciabatta, or french artisanal loaf. Toast bread if you want as in bruschetta. I would lean towards a white bread loaf, not a multigrain loaf. Cut a clove of garlic in half, rub the open side on the 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 Jamon. Then eat, and think, "how can it get better than this?"

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            1. re: moh

              I'm afraid I couldn't even get the stuff on a plate. 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.

              1. re: gini

                ooohhh... i can totally see that image...thank goodness for vicarious living....i can just see that glistening layer of melted fat on your face - and it is a beautiful thing.

                Gio. Throw all caution to the wind. Life is too short not to so so.

              2. re: moh

                Re: pan amb tomaquet: one of my favorite snacks in the world! They did it without jamon when I was there, but it's a great addition...

              3. anyone know where to get this in NYC??

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                1. re: spollack71

                  They had it at one of the cheese shops at the Essex Street Market.

                  1. re: spollack71

                    Since Formaggio is importing it in Cambridge, I'm sure you could get some at Formaggio Essex.

                    1. re: gini

                      thanks CHers, i will look for it there

                  2. gini thanks for the temptation which was satisfied today with a trip to the Shawmut Ave Formaggio...1/4 pound purchased and I am restraining myself as we speak so there is a respectable amount left for Husband when he gets home from office ( or like u r what u eat...I am the pig) Anyhow several years ago when we visited Spain MANY of the moderate as well as finer restaurants offered a brimming PLATE of this as an amuse as you sat down to an amuse!!!!!! and it was plentiful and a grand gift...For those who buy , be sure to allow it to come to room temperature before indulging Brings out the full flavor ( not chilled )