Despite being the infamous 15th of April, tax day, today was a good day. Why, you might ask? Simple….I received my second shipment of my Acorn Edition III pig from La Quercia
There’s a lot to take in.
Working clockwise from the bottom right, the lardo came first.
That’s right, I’ve got 2 ¾ lbs of deliciously cured fatback at my disposal.
This pig must have had quite the substantial jowl.
Third in the shipment was a large supply of coppa.
Last in the order was the pancetta.
This pancetta didn’t come in the more prevalent rolled form.
Instead, I got 11 pounds of flat pancetta. One thing is for sure, I’ll be making spaghetti carbonara with this pancetta very soon.
Elated as I was, I couldn’t wait to try one of the meats. I was unsure about what should be tried first, so I went with the most familiar, the coppa.
I decided to simply slice this by hand. I love having a meat slicer, but it’s a pain to get out and clean up.
Even sliced by hand, I was able to get a few thin slices and get a taste for this coppa. It’s a very assertive cured meat, and unlike any coppa I’ve had. I’m sure this is the first of many tastings to come. This shipment of the Acorn Edition has been a long time in the making and I’ll be sure to share and savor.