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    A delight from Italy

    What do I do with this cut of meat?

    Let me explain. A friend of my wife is a tour guide that takes Thai people throughout the world. Not a bad job really. In the past she has brought us wine from Spain, Italy, Africa and a shitload of other countries.

    Actually, I think she is in cahoots with the wife as I don't drink wine and beer Chang is not a big item in Italy. Now back to the problem.

    This hunk of meat is supposedly a ham from Italy. It arrived via a family member today. It had not been in a freezer and doesn't look like anything dehydrated. It don't look like any ham I have ever seen.

    Now the only thing I know about Italy is; well nothing. No, that is not quite right, something about a boot heel.

    Regardless, what do I do with this dish from Italy?


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    What does it say on the other side of the packaging?

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    Nothing.

    Last edited by hillbilly; 23-08-2009 at 07:16 PM.

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    It's the modern equivalent of Parma ham. Get a nice baguette, cheese, olives and a bit of salad and have a delicious sarnie.

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    ya got lucky,....................enjoy. Had a girlfriend a while back used to love to eat this stuff with cheese (on crackers)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosciutto

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    Since I am a Yank and pretty well-versed on international cooking...

    I guess, I just throw it into a frying pan.

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    Lovely with sliced Rock Melon mate!

    Enjoy and my mouth is watering! Yummmmmmmmm!

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    No, don't cook it! Eat as is, and with melon as LT says. Sweet with salty. Yummy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    Regardless, what do I do with this dish from Italy?
    It is going to taste horrible my friend, so let me assist you.

    I will pm you my address.....ems....overnight.......send it packed in dry ice.

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    Sure, eating a hunk of raw pork.

    I recommend a generous side order of thiabendazole, said to kill thrichinosis worms in the intestine.

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    ^It's cured isn't it?

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    At least some people here know Parma ham. Delicious with baguette; you can also slice it as a garniture on an homemade pizza. Even some spaghetti sauce have Parma ham included.

    Don't listen to Tex comment, he don't know anything about gastronomy apart hamburgers.



    The Parma ham is a typical product (the territory located at the foot of the mountain) in the province of Parma because it is precisely on these hills that rise thousands maturation haunches of pigs born and reared in Italy . They are carefully selected and are subject to constant controls. The preparation and even traditional craft of the thighs during the curing and maturation are the food whose organoleptic characteristics are excellent in terms of quality, high nutritional value with low calories but very energy, ideal for those who lead an active life and modern. This is a food that can be easily digested and is advised for any kind of food, sports or nutrition. The Parma ham is certified by brand ducal crown of five points on the skin: the guarantee of a preparation of a natural and authentic product.
    Just a small advice, open the package 1 hour before serving, arrange the slices on a plate and keep in a fresh place.
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    Maybe some nice Parma ham risotto ?


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    Prociutto

    My grandfather always made his own in his garage. It would have to get covered in green fuzzy mould and cure for a few months. We always called it prosciutto and it's one of those food that you either love or hate. Every thime my ex and I would visit my grandparents, my grandfather would give us some. As soon as we got home, we would give it to our dog. We had a couple of friends who liked it, so we started giving it to them. Here's a nice pic of my grandfather in his garage with his own prosciutto. RIP


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallalai View Post

    Just a small advice, open the package 1 hour before serving, arrange the slices on a plate and keep in a fresh place.
    paper thin slices

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    I would kill for that hillbilly. You have the best ham in the world. Air cured and so damn delicious. As others have said get some french bread, your favorite cheese, and slice it as thin as you can. lucky devil.

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    In the picture I think it's already packed sliced and ready to eat.

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    So has he eaten it yet?

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    Fillet of chicken breast, slit a small pocket and insert cheese/garlic and parsley.
    Wrap a slice of the ham around the chicken and bake in the oven until the chicken is cooked (about 20-30 mins) serve with rice and oven roasted veg.
    The ham will keep the chicken sweet and moist, slice open to have a cheesey-garlic sauce.

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