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The best companions for Spanish Jamón/ham

Otros idiomas: Español

Who doesn’t like wonderful gatherings with family or friends around a table eating, drinking and talking? And even more so when there is Spanish Jamón and the occasional plate of Iberian Jamón/ham.

Imagine that the day of the long-awaited dinner has arrived, the table is ready, the plates are set, people are talking and enjoying themselves, but you are missing a detail; no more and no less than the Jamón’s companions.

Choosing the drink or bread to accompany dishes often generates doubts and indecision in all of us. But don’t worry because in this post you will discover how to choose the best Jamón/ham companions to make the flavor of Iberian ham/jamón ibérico even more special.

The best companions to Jamón/ham: the food and drink pairing

First of all, what does pairing mean?

Surely you have heard or know what the word “pairing” means when we talk about wine and food. Explained in a clear and simple way, it means to pair a wine with a portion of food to enhance its flavor.

It is very important to know which is the best drink to pair with Jamón ibérico/Iberian ham, as the ham pairing can undoubtedly make our experience more surprising.

For that reason, first of all you must be clear about the sensations you want to have and your intention. That is why you can distinguish two types of pairing:

Contrast pairing

As the name suggests, the contrasting pairing consists of the union of two elements with very different, almost opposite characteristics, which complement each other perfectly. This type of pairing is ideal if your intention is to risk much more, as it will also allow you to achieve much more surprising effects.

It is important that when looking for a contrast one of the flavors does not completely overshadow the other and that it helps diners to distinguish them in each bite.

Another of the functions of pairing is that after each bite, with a sip, our palate is cleansed, with the intention of tasting the flavor of each slice as if we were tasting it for the first time.

With this pairing, the taste buds open up much more, so you can experience an unparalleled sensation of freshness!

Many experts argue that Iberian ham pairs well with soft, fresh whites and those sparkling, and for this reason, it also pairs very well with cavas, because the bubbles cleanse the palate of fat and prepare it for the next mouthful.

In Enrique Tomás locations, you can find the ideal wines to accompany ham, created by expert winemakers.

And if you are a beer lover, don’t worry because this effect is also achieved by a good fresh beer.

maridaje de jamon iberico y cerveza

Accompanying food pairing

If your passion is for flavors to merge into one, this pairing will be your favorite without a doubt. This type of pairing seeks to combine similar sensations and aromas in order to make both merge into a whole. The flavor of the Jamón does not override the taste of the wine, nor vice versa, but what is achieved is that both merge into one.

To achieve this sensation, the combination of ham with white wines and some mild red wines is ideal, but you must be careful, as the intensity of some of them can completely invade the nuances of the meat. Few red wines allow us to enjoy them if we combine them with ham, however, with the pairing of red wine with DO Montsant no aroma of the Jamón/ham is lost and you can enjoy both flavors to the fullest.

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The best companions for Jamón: bread

As you already know, bread is one of the most essential foods and of course it should never be missing from your table, since it is surprisingly a food that, depending on its variety, can enhance different flavors, textures and, in short, the strengths of jamón. But what is the best bread to accompany Spanish Jamón?

Glass bread

Glass bread is ideal for lovers of contrasting textures. The crunchy texture of its crust and the softness of its crumb create an ideal combination with ham that will not leave you indifferent.

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Wheat bread

The star characteristic of wheat bread is its thick and creamy crumb. This allows the flavor of the ham to permeate and the aromas to intermingle, creating a perfect combination.

Pan de trigo - Acompañante del jamón

The Picos Sevillanos -Sevillian breadsticks- of Enrique Tomás

Another ideal accompaniment for ham are the picos sevillanos made from bread. These are country-style breadsticks, made in the traditional way with wheat flour, water, yeast and salt. Made with sourdough. A “must-have” in a meal with tapas and Iberian products.

picos sevillano

And if you want to surprise the rest of the guests while you are waiting for them, there is no better option than a vermouth, ideal to accompany an appetizer before lunch or dinner. And not only that, you can also take out some appetizing cubes of Jamón Ibérico for snacking, we are sure they will love it!

Now that you have everything ready, it is time to enjoy the great protagonist of the dinner: the Jamón ibérico.

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The best companions for Spanish Jamón
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The best companions for Spanish Jamón
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Discover how to choose the best ham accompaniments to make the flavor of Iberian ham even more special. We talk about pairing and essential products to accompany a good plate of ham, such as glass bread or wheat bread.
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Otros idiomas: Español

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