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Do you have to cook prosciutto?

fldhkybnva Mar 14, 2013 03:35 PM

I have some La Quercia prosciutto Americano that I'd like to use either in a salad or an omelet. Do you have to cook it? It seems to have strnads of fat similar to bacon which is usually cooked to render the fat but I'm not sure it's the same with prosciutto.

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  1. Veggo RE: fldhkybnva Mar 14, 2013 03:38 PM

    Screech!!!! No. Enjoy the fat. If there is a tough outer strand that your meat handler did not trim off, it will pull off easily. I bought a nice portion today.

    1. sunshine842 RE: fldhkybnva Mar 14, 2013 03:59 PM

      No, in fact you *shouldn't* cook prosciutto in most instances.

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        fldhkybnva RE: sunshine842 Mar 14, 2013 04:41 PM

        Great, thanks so much.

      2. hotoynoodle RE: fldhkybnva Mar 14, 2013 04:54 PM

        it's cured -- so it is already "cooked", but by air, rather than heat.

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          fldhkybnva RE: hotoynoodle Mar 14, 2013 05:13 PM

          Is it a different method than bacon? Isn't bacon cured but I feel like most cook it before eating it although I will admit I quite enjoy chewy not fully rendered bacon

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            hotoynoodle RE: fldhkybnva Mar 14, 2013 05:18 PM

            sorry, the cure part refers to the seasonings rubbed on the meat for a few days. american bacon is made from belly meat and mostly cold-smoked. real italian prosciutto is from the leg and is air-dried. That process is also called "curing".

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              fldhkybnva RE: hotoynoodle Mar 14, 2013 05:26 PM

              Thanks for the clarification, very helpful for this pork newbie.

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          Philly Ray RE: fldhkybnva Mar 14, 2013 06:19 PM

          My favorite story on this topic was the time my wife brought some Italian hoagies over to her sister's house. She offered one to my brother-in-law who asked what was in it. When my wife said prosciutto, he said, "Isn't that raw?" and then proceeded to remove the prosciutto from the sandwich, stick it in the microwave for a bit, and then replace it in the sandwich.

          I'm glad I wasn't there because I would have beat him with one of the remaining sandwiches.

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