I’m going to start with the recipe for jamon iberico with mascarpone on this page, because it’s not really necessary, and if that’s all you want to see, no need to scroll down and see my explanation of Jamón ibérico de bellota.
- 100 grams Jamón ibérico de bellota
- 100 grams Mascarpone Cheese
- 1 loaf Spanish Bread
This is an extremely simple ‘recipe’ that makes a great treat to serve at parties. The star of the show is of course the Jamon Iberico de Bellota. If you don’t like pork than this recipe is definitely not for you, but if you do, then this is one of the best hams in the world. You can eat it entirely by itself, which is also a popular tapa in Spain, but pairing the jamon iberico with mascarpone makes a delightful tapa to serve at your next event.
Some could say that I ruin the natural taste of the Jamón ibérico by pairing it with mascarpone, but I think it works well together as the fat from the cheese blends great with the fat from the ham. All in all, this is really just a ham and cheese open-faced sandwich, just using high quality ingredients.
What Is Jamón Ibérico de Bellota
Jamón ibérico de bellota is the highest grade of ham in Spain. It comes from ibérico pigs that have a diet consisting only of acorns. When the pigs are slaughtered, the meat is cured, and served in very thin slices. The taste is somewhere between meat butter and candied bacon, and is honestly one of the richest most decadent forms of pork I’ve ever had. The price tag is nothing to scoff at as well, as a single leg of one of these pigs can go for thousands of dollars.
In Spain there are shops that will specialize in selling from just one farmer, or even from just one leg at a time. The vendor can slice the meat so thin it is see-through, and just that one slice can cost a few euros. I personally buy mine from the grocery store below my AirBnB in Granada as it’s a bit cheaper and I’m making these Jamón ibérico with mascarpone tapas for my family.
Jamon Iberico With Mascarpone On Spanish Bread (Tapas)
- 100 grams Jamon Iberico de Bellota
- 100 grams Mascarpone
- 1 loaf Bread
- Slice the bread and put mascarpone cheese on the bread.
- Put a slice of jamon iberico de bellota on top of the mascarpone which is already one the bread.
- You’re done.