Portuguese presunto… simply delicious!

Presunto is dry-cured ham from Portugal, similar to Spanish jamón or Italian prosciutto crudo. The main idea behind the fabriction of presunto came from the preservation of food with salt, as done in the old days.  The belief that the salt would not allow for bacteria to ruin the food was serious enough that most farmers preserved the pork meat – specially the legs – this way. The first documents where presunto is mentionned date back to the Roman Empire.

 

Nowadays, presunto is highly appreciated not only by the Portuguese, but generally around the world. If eaten in moderation, it can be an important part of your diet.

 

Try it as an appetizer, eat it for lunch or create delish entrees for you, your family and your friends.

 

Here’s an idea to get you started:

1. Presunto rolls with fruit

Ingredients

  • 6 thin slices of Presunto
  • 3 figs
  • 2 apples (whichever you prefer)
  • 2 pears
  • grapes
  • 1 lemon

Preparation

1. Peal the apples and the pears, cut them in little squares and season with lemon juice.

2. Cut the figs em four cubes.

3. In each slice of presunto, place a fig cube, one grape, one apple square and one pear square. Wrap the fruit with the presunto.

 

Great for entertaining!