Cooking with Serrano Ham

S errano ham is much like its well-loved cousins, Italian prosciutto and French Jambon de Bayonne. Because of certain aspects of the curing process, Serrano ham offers a more intense flavor than either and a firmer bite. Now you can easily enjoy the famous dry-cured Serrano ham – a Spanish culinary icon - with our convenient pre-sliced option. You’ll find endless ways to use our generous family pack, from charcuterie and cheese plates, tapas, and cocktail snacks, to wrapped meats, fish, fruits, and vegetables. Read on for ideas to make your tastebuds hum.

Cooking with Serrano Ham

Don’t be daunted by 2 lbs of thinly sliced Serrano ham. This party pack is truly a wonderful thing to have in the fridge, especially over the summer when casual no-cook meals are the order of the day. Once opened, you may wish to separate it into smaller amounts and store it - vacuum-sealed, or simply stashed in a sealing bag - for future uses. Reach for a few slices of Serrano ham to wrap around cheese or fruit for a quick snack, or incorporate it into your cooking.

1. Salad on a Stick: Caprese Kebabs

In the summer when it’s too hot to cook you’ll be glad you have Serrano in the fridge. Simply pierce Serrano slices with a skewer and alternate with marinated cherry tomatoes, bocconcini ("little bites" in Italian), and basil for easy and refreshing finger food- or try it with melon balls and mozzarella drizzled with balsamic reduction.

2. Serrano with Seafood

Serrano is a wrap star, and pairs well with seafood. Any firm, flaky fish will work, like cod, salmon, halibut, arctic char, or sea bass. It also works well with shrimp and scallops – just wrap and sear in a hot pan stovetop or on the grill.

3. Serrano, Meet Grissini

Who needs crackers when you have elegant breadsticks? Wrap Serrano around one end and leave enough to hold at the bottom (like a ham lollipop). This will also work with thinly sliced ficelle or cheese straws.

4. Tartines with Cheese and Greens

A tartine is just a French open-faced sandwich and you can make one with Serrano. Start with crackers, flatbread, or sliced baguette, then layer with a favorite cheese (creamy brie or chevre or firm manchego), a sweet spread (fig jam), and top with peppery greens. For a Spanish version spread garlicky tomato puree on fresh bread, drizzle with olive oil, and add Serrano and a little sea salt.

5. Add Flavor to Potato Salad

Instead of adding bacon to potato salad, use Serrano. Crisp ham in a pan, then crumble and add to mayonnaise-free German and French-style potato salads, which are great to bring on picnics and road trips.

6. Wrap Fruit with Serrano

Try this easy, make-ahead recipe for ham-wrapped pear with arugula and ricotta cheese. In the summer, sub out the pear for seasonal stone fruit, slices of your favorite melon, or fresh figs.

7. Perfect Pizza Topper

Firing up a pizza at home? Tear up several slices of Serrano and arrange evenly atop the cheese and let the heat melt the ham into the other ingredients.

8. Accent for Vegetables

Roast or grill asparagus spears, then wrap delicate Serrano around them before serving – this preserves the flavor and texture of the ham. Serrano can also add a finishing touch to green beans, broccoli, or peas sauteed with olive oil. Toss some manchego cheese on top for added flavor.

9. Grilled Cheese Hero

A few slices of Serrano tucked between your favorite melty cheese and bread will bring an ordinary grilled cheese sandwich to new heights.

10. Carnivore Crackers

Eating low carb? Try making ham crisps. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper, arrange slices of Serrano evenly on the pan, then bake until crispy (watch them carefully!). These crunchy snacks can be stored in a sealed bag, at the ready to top salads, eggs, and crumble over cooked vegetables or fish – there’s no end of tasty uses for these crisps. You could also add them to a charcuterie board or scoop up dips.

What to Drink with Serrano Ham

Uncork a refreshing white Spanish wine like Albariño and Verdejo, or a dry or sparkling rosé on a warm evening to enjoy with your ham. Serrano can also stand up to young, fruity red wines – nothing too heavy or tannic – and is often paired with fortified wines like sherry, Madeira, or manzanilla.