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Tasty Portuguese ham recipes

Ham recipes are usually tasty, no matter in which country you are, but before eating ham it is advisable that it must be cooked. Often ham is already cooked but some are not. Anyway you can prepare ham in a lot of different ways, such as sauted, grilled, baked, broiled, simmered, etc. Also don’t forget to store your ham in the refrigerator but don’t keep it there for too long. Depending on the kind of ham you are refrigerating some can be kept in the fridge for about five days other hams a bit longer.

You may need to slice ham for your ham recipes or in fact other meats like chorizo as well as bread, cheese and even vegetables. So for slicing food specially meat, a good Meat Slicer  is essential, specially one with a professional feeling, adjustable and easy to clean.

 

Ham recipes from Portugal.

Homemade Portuguese Ham (Fazer Fiambre Caseiro)

Ingredients

1 kg (2.2 lb) of pork without bones, 150g of salt (a bit more than 5 oz) or one cup of salt, 1 and 1/2 tea spoons of saltpeter, 1 large sour lime, 1 glass of red wine, 1 table spoons of paprika.

Preparation

Do not wash the meat. Prick it well, rubbing the salt, the paprika and the red wine in at the same time. Apply saltpeter, thoroughly. Squeeze out the juice from the lime and sprinkle evenly over the meat and keep the meat under weight for 24 hours. After about 10 or 12 hours turn the meat. Then tie it into a roll. Cook till tender. Cool, remove string. When required, cut into fine slices and use for making sandwiches or serve with salad or anything you like.

Have you ever tried to carve a ham with a below average knife ? If so, you’ll know how tricky it can be and you’ll also know what a huge difference will make, if you decide to do it with a proper and high quality Carving Set . Just try to use a stainless precision carving set on a roasted ham, beef or pork and you will never want to use anything else. Furthermore and though we have in a previous page mentioned an excellent carving board, I believe that this impressive and functional Carving Board, is at the same level of quality.

Ham pudding (Pudim de fiambre)

Tasty Portuguese ham recipes

Ingredients

60g (2 oz) of margarine or butter, 450g (1 lb) of thin sliced ham, 2,5 dl (8 and 1/2 oz) of milk, 3 eggs, 9 slices of bread, pepper and salt to taste.

Preparation:

Grease with butter a rectangular shaped pan, cover with greased paper. Beat the eggs, milk and the pepper and salt to taste. Soak the bread into this mixture. Cover the pan with slices of ham. On the bottom of the pan place slices of bread alternating with the ham until it is finished, the last must be bread pouring the leftover of the egg mixture. Cook in the oven for about 40 minutes. Unmold and decorate with lettuce, olives, hard boiled eggs, tomato etc. This is one of the traditional Portuguese Ham recipes.

Some people love dried ham and a great way to do it is with a user friendly and high quality Meat Dehydrator which also dries almost everything, like fruits, vegetables and even flowers. The end result of drying ham is that the flavor is more concentrated and enhanced. Also, dehydrated ham last a long time.