Watch Cooking Channel

Country Ham Antipasto

Country Ham Antipasto

Oh, the lowly country ham. The salty southern staple has faded in popularity over the past few years, but get ready people, because it’s making a comeback. With “local” and “artisanal” being all the rage, some of the South’s most respected ham curers have finally caught on to the trend.

Country ham – known for its heavy salting and long curing process – was originally born out of thrift during hard economic times. It earned its keep at the southern table, however, when resourceful cooks smothered it with red eye gravy and sandwiched it between fluffy buttermilk biscuits. (Yes, please!)

But with the changing tastes of southern cooks (and eaters), along with the exponential influence of global cuisines, people are finding new ways to incorporate country ham into their recipes. Instead of thick slabs of meat served up entrée style, it’s now being used as more of a garnish, topping soups, salads and everything in between. Sliced paper thin, country ham is even competing with the fancy prosciutto and Serrano hams from abroad at just a fraction of the cost.

Country Ham Antipasto

Take this Italian-inspired antipasto, for instance. It is the perfect way to highlight the best southern ingredients of spring and break away from the usual (read: boring) Easter fare. The saltiness of the country ham, peppery bite of the arugula, and sweetness of the strawberries and asparagus all marry into a truly inspired seasonal appetizer.  What’s even better is that this beautiful dish will transition perfectly into winter (ripe figs!), summer (sweet Georgia peaches!), and fall (pears!).

Country Ham Antipasto
Serves 6-8 (recipe can be easily doubled)

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto-style country ham
4 ounces asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 ounces strawberries, pitted and sliced thin
1/2 cup arugula
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
Balsamic glaze, to taste

Directions

  • Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add asparagus and cook until bright green but still crisp, about 1 minute. Drain and pat dry.
  • Arrange country ham, asparagus, and strawberries onto a medium-sized serving platter. Garnish with arugula and feta. Drizzle with the balsamic glaze, to taste.

NOTE: When seeking out prosciutto-style country ham, be sure to look for hams that have been aged at least eight months.

Nealey moved from Alabama to the West Coast to follow her dreams, only to realize once there how much she missed good ol’ country cooking.  So she took to the kitchen and began recreating the dishes of her past, but this time without any help from a can. What started out as a hobby turned into an obsession, so she quit her day job to pursue cooking – and eating – full time. Dixie Caviar is where you can follow her pursuits of all things Southern.

Tags:

Comments (3555)

  1. Renato Maratos posted 12/14/2013

    newsboys…

    My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find the majority of your post’s to be just what I’m looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content available for you? I wouldn’t mind producing a post or elaborating on many of the subject…

  2. continued posted 12/14/2013

    Anticipating Reactions to Problems…

    Yay google is my queen assisted me to find this great internet site!…

  3. Pure Jojoba Oil posted 12/15/2013

    Just Browsing…

    While I was surfing yesterday I noticed a great post about…

  4. how to get your ex girlfriend back…

    Great post on how to get your ex girlfriend back…

  5. live Wallpaper for Android posted 12/17/2013

    Title…

    [...]below you will find the link to some websites that we feel it is best to visit[...]…

  6. net spend posted 12/17/2013

    Title…

    [...]below you will discover the link to some internet sites that we feel you ought to visit[...]…

  7. PSO2 育成代行 posted 12/17/2013

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    我々はより速く、電力平準化を提供し、安全で、当社のウェブサイト上で注文をするために歓迎することができます…

  8. top northern virginia realtor posted 12/17/2013

    Title…

    [...]here are some links to internet sites that we link to due to the fact we think they are worth visiting[...]…

  9. How To Make Money Online posted 12/17/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its hard to find informative and accurate info but here I found…

  10. egq5GXSKK3 egq5GXSKK3 posted 12/18/2013

    The Birch of the Shadow…

    I think there might be a couple duplicates, but an exceedingly useful record! I’ve tweeted this. Numerous thanks for sharing!…

  11. 安全な電力平準化と金…

    我々はより速く、電力平準化を提供し、安全で、当社のウェブサイト上で注文をするために歓迎することができます…

  12. tracyvolume disertai…

    datosesta ddpsa gestisco scriverti tense tratat chopped….

  13. Web Desain posted 12/18/2013

    Third Flower…

    My spouse and i are actually now delighted that Albert could carry out his scientific tests on account of the tips he had by means of your web content. It is every so often perplexing to simply always be freely giving steps which many people could have…

  14. Title…

    [...]just beneath, are quite a few entirely not connected web pages to ours, having said that, they are surely really worth going over[...]…

  15. FF11 育成代行 posted 12/19/2013

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    私はよく分からない私は知らない私は何をはず | 襲う遭遇私はしていなかったしていなかった場合に行わこのようなポイントこのような。…

  16. 安全な電力平準化と金…

    私が感じる極めて ラッキーたのは見 ウェブサイトとを楽しみにして多くもっと回ここに読み…

  17. my website posted 12/19/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    You are always performing a great job…

  18. fashion blogger posted 12/19/2013

    Title…

    [...]the time to read or go to the material or sites we’ve linked to beneath the[...]…

  19. Informative and precise…

    Its hard to find informative and precise info but here I noted…

  20. 安全な電力平準化と金…

    我々はより速く、電力平準化を提供し、安全で、当社のウェブサイト上で注文をするために歓迎することができます…

  21. 安全な電力平準化と金…

    あなたはいつもしている 実施 華麗仕事…

  22. Small Business Web Design posted 12/20/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  23. Harga Timbangan posted 12/20/2013

    The Ships’s Voyages…

    I think technological know-how just causes it to be even worse. Now there is a channel to never ever treatment, now there will not likely become a likelihood for them to find out….

  24. criação de sites posted 12/20/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting info…

  25. Alla Cuffie posted 12/21/2013

    Country Ham Antipasto | Devour The Blog: Cooking Channel…

    This can almost certainly be rather beneficial for a few of one’s employment I intend to never only with my website but…

  26. Harga Timbangan posted 12/21/2013

    The Ships’s Voyages…

    I feel technological innovation just makes it even worse. Now there is a channel to under no circumstances treatment, now there won’t become a prospect for them to find out….

  27. seo training video posted 12/22/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    [...]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]……

  28. Lakia Klinger posted 12/22/2013

    resources feline immune system support…

    I value the blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great….

  29. top online backup posted 12/22/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are some links to sites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[...]……

  30. best online data backup posted 12/22/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]……

  31. iherb coupon posted 12/22/2013

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  32. Gavin Toulouse posted 12/22/2013

    free online articles…

    I was studying some of your content on this site and I believe this web site is very informative ! Continue putting up….

  33. Marlen Standiford posted 12/22/2013

    news channel 5…

    I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your blog. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems? A small number of my blog visitors have complained about my site not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari. Do you…

  34. como puedo conseguir dinero posted 12/22/2013

    Title…

    [...]we prefer to honor numerous other net web-sites around the web, even when they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Below are some webpages worth checking out[...]…

  35. mam tep bent re posted 12/22/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here are a few of the web sites we advocate for our visitors[...]…

  36. worship songs posted 12/23/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to piddeling around on the internet and found…

  37. 安全な電力平準化と金…

    あなたは1だ 実施 極上仕事…

  38. cat tree house plans posted 12/24/2013

    Title…

    [...]Every as soon as in a although we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the most up-to-date internet sites that we select [...]…

  39. fifa 14 coins pc posted 12/24/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    I feel somewhat fortunate to have seen your entire webpage and look forward to many more entertaining minutes reading here…

  40. Abigail posted 12/24/2013

    Title…

    [...]The facts mentioned in the report are a number of the top out there [...]…

  41. Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  42. Cloud Computing market size posted 12/24/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting info…

  43. Jobs in Australia posted 12/24/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    [...]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]……

  44. AION 育成代行 posted 12/25/2013

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    当社 正直 謝罪 への感謝を表現するいないため 早く…

  45. Hall & Oates posted 12/25/2013

    Tumblr article…

    I saw a writer talking about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  46. 安全な電力平準化と金…

    我々はより速く、電力平準化を提供し、安全で、当社のウェブサイト上で注文をするために歓迎することができます…

  47. view more posted 12/25/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    I don’t know what I would have done if I had not encountered such a solution like this….

  48. Rico Schorder posted 12/26/2013

    news 12…

    Hey There. I found your weblog employing msn. This is a quite properly written article. I will probably be sure to bookmark it and return to read a lot more of your valuable information. Thanks for the post. I will definitely return….

  49. FF11 育成代行 posted 12/26/2013

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    あなたはいつもしている 実施 バーゲン仕事…

  50. oh pretty woman chords posted 12/26/2013

    Its hard to find good help…

    I am constantnly proclaiming that its hard to get good help, but here is…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c