The holidays are the time to celebrate. Everyone gathers together to eat, drink, and simply be together. So when it comes to the big family meal, you want it to be a memorable occasion. Which is why Jamón Ibérico is one of the best dishes you can bring to the feast.
In Spain, you simply can’t celebrate the holidays without jamón. It would practically be offensive! Head over to a neighbor’s house during the holidays and they will probably have their leg of jamón proudly displayed and ready to cut for Christmas Eve. Walk around the streets during Christmas time, and you’ll see people on their way home with a leg of jamón tucked tightly under their arm. And when Spaniards head over to the family’s house for holiday dinners, there’s always someone carving up the jamón. It’s a holiday tradition that celebrates the best of Spain’s magnificent gastronomy.
So do as the Spaniards do and purchase a jamón this holiday season. Here’s why you should:
Impress Family and Friends
In Spain, you want to offer your friends and family the absolute best foods possible during the holidays, and it only makes sense to serve Jamón Ibérico. Why not do the same stateside? There’s no better way to impress your family and friends than with an exquisite Spanish delicacy.
That gorgeous leg of ham, proudly displayed in it’s sleek silver holder, is truly a work of art. When your friends and family arrive and find you carving off luxuriously thin slices of jamón, it’s going to be memorable. You may be introducing them to new and exciting flavors they’ve never tasted, expanding their gastronomic experience, and inviting them into something you truly love.
Purchase Ahead of Time
If you purchase a Jamón Ibérico for the holidays, you don’t have to wait until the last minute. So much of the stress of holiday meals involves last-minute shopping and preparation. But with a leg of jamón, you don’t have to worry about heading to the store the night before a big party.
If you plan ahead, you can buy your Jamón Ibérico months in advance. Though we recommend buying just a few months out, an uncut leg of jamón and paleta will last a full year from when you purchase it. That’s just one thing less to think about during the busy holiday season.
Get a Discount
When you buy a Jamón Ibérico ahead of time in preparation for the holiday season, you’ll get discounts. At COVAP, when you pre-order for the holidays, you’ll get $150 off your Jamón Ibérico and can have it delivered right to your door. That way, you can spend more money on gifts, or treat you and your family to other Spanish delicacies, like chorizo or caña de lomo—the ultimate Spanish holiday feast!
Easy to Prepare
Preparing holiday meals can be stressful. So let the Jamón Ibérico masters do the work for you. Take the complicated appetizers off your list and simply carve up a plate of Jamón Ibérico, or prepare the perfect Iberian charcuterie board. It won’t take long and you won’t have to worry about planning another dish, finding oven space, or perfectly calculating the timing of all your holiday dishes.
Elevate Traditional Recipes
Family traditions like turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, are some of the best parts of the holidays. But it can be fun to mix it up and add Spanish-style spins to some of the traditional recipes. You can accompany your turkey with slices of Jamón Ibérico for a rich twist, or drape them over the mashed potatoes for the most luxurious side dish.
You can also create entirely new dishes for the holidays. Along with plates of sliced Jamón Ibérico to start, try out an elegant Tartare of Acorn-Fed Ibérico to accompany the main dish. Or serve dressed up Mini Pizzas with Lomo de Bellota 100% Ibérico for the kids (though the adults won’t be able to resist either).
The possibilities are practically endless—get creative with Jamón Ibérico and elevate your holiday meal.
Everyone Loves It
Not everyone loves turkey, but everyone will fall in love with Jamón Ibérico. With its nutty flavor, juicy meat, and marbled fat that melts effortlessly into your mouth, how could they not? Jamón is a definite crowd pleaser. And with so many people to please during the holidays, it’s good to have one safe bet.
A leg of Jamón Ibérico is the gift that keeps on giving. When you purchase a leg for the holiday season, you’ll likely have enough to last you through every holiday party and then some. In other words, buy a jamón for Thanksgiving and you’ll see it last through the New Year—giving you endless reasons to celebrate. And you won’t show up to a single party empty-handed.
If you play it right, you may even end up with leftovers after the holidays. Which means you’ll get a total extension on your holiday season and can treat yourself well into the new year. Now that’s reason enough to celebrate.
We have so much to be thankful for this holiday season. Order an Acorn-Fed Jamón 100% Ibérico and make jamón one of them.