Monday, November 14, 2011
Herb Eckhouse, founder of La Quercia, sent me a cured Mangalitsa shoulder (cut paleta-style).
He tried curing one as an experiment.*
I wasn't expecting it, so I opened it in the store to take a look. The UPS Store employee marveled at the "piggy's foot."
It arrived in two pieces.
The golden paste covering the exposed meat it is Herb's version of sugna. He makes his with cornmeal.
The cured shoulder tastes great. The fat tastes like awesome Mangalitsa lardo. A lot of people would probably slice the shoulder and put it on flatbread (pizza). I'll probably eat most of it in slices, without any accompanying carbs.
* Herb only cured one shoulder, and it isn't for sale. If you want to buy cured shoulders from our pigs, Johnston County Hams sells them.
Posted by Heath Putnam at 2:23 PM