Have you ever heard of ham salt? The first thing you have to know is that it is not salt itself but, it is called salt because it looks similar to this mineral and of course because it is made of ham. Its color is red and it can be used in a large number of dishes. But how do you make ham salt? Against all odds, it’s a lot easier than it looks! Let’s see it.
How to make ham salt step by step
In Enrique Tomás we know that every part of the pig can be used up, and that’s why we don’t throw anything away. If while cutting ham, some slices are a little thicker or longer than others and you don’t want to serve them to avoid spoiling the presentation of your dish, don’t worry! They’re perfect for making ham salt with!
Besides the star ingredient you’re going to need:
- Baking paper
- An oven
- A mortar
If you already have everything you need, the procedure is as follows: cover the oven tray with vegetable paper and place the ham on top. While you spread it well, put the oven to preheat to 180ºC and then cover the slices of Iberian ham with another layer of vegetable paper.
If the oven is already hot, place the tray in it and wait fifteen minutes. After this time, you can remove the ham slices.
Wait until they cool down and then put them in the mortar. As they will be crunchy you will be able to chop them easily and gradually see how a kind of red salt is formed. It’s ready now! Isn’t it simple? Now you can use it to fill a lot of dishes with flavor! And because it can be kept for several days, you don’t need to use it all today. Transfer it to a glass container and save it for another time.
What dishes can I fill with ham salt flavor?
As we have already mentioned, at Enrique Tomás we like to make the most of every part of the pig. On other occasions we have shown you recipes in which to make the most of the bone of the ham and this time we are going to give you some ideas so that you can fill your dishes with flavour with ham salt. You can throw it in:
- Salads: We often use black pepper or Provencal herbs as salad dressing, but they are not the only ones. Ham salt will give your dishes that characteristic touch made in Spain that everyone will love.
- Tapas: broken eggs with potatoes, bravas (potatoes), omelette “montaditos”…All of them will be even more delicious thanks to this secret we share with you today!
- Soup dishes: Lentils and stew usually have ham or ham bone in them, but there are other spoon dishes, such as rice and chicken, that don’t have to include this ingredient. You want to give it a little distinction? Thanks to the salt of ham you will get that little something else that will make your dish irresistible.
As you can see, knowing how to make ham salt is much easier than it looks and once you have it ready you will only have to add a pinch thereof to your favorite preparations. You’ll be delighted!
Credits from the cover photo of this article: “The Recipe Box”.