Did you know that the famous “Spanish tapas” started thanks to the jamon serrano?
In Spain they tell the story that the King Alfonso XIII, was In Cádiz (South Spain) by the sea drinking a glass of wine. Suddenly there was a strong wind and because he didn’t want the sand to go inside his glass, the bartender cut a slide of Jamon serrano and put it at the top of the glass as a “tapa” (tapa is the Spanish name for lid o cover), to cover the glass and protect the wine. After using jamon serrano as a “tapa”, they started to use other products for the same thing.
Jamon Serrano From Spain
This morning I have found a friend from Spain here in the city center in Delft (The Netherlands). We start talking about us and without even realizing, we change our topic to tapas and from tapas to spanish jamon serrano. Then we finish in my house, eating jamon serrano from Spain and drinking a glass of wine. Spanish way.
Here they sell something similar to jamon serrano, but it is not the same. It is not like the spanish ham o spanish prosciutto. We were talking about how great it is when you are in Spain and you go to sit in a terrace at the sun, having a toast with jamon serrano or also “jamon a la catalana” (jamon serrano with grated tomato) drinking a glass of mistela and enjoying the good life.
I think jamon serrano is one of the things from Spain that, the Spanish living here in The Netherlands miss the most. When our Spanish friends are back in Spain visiting, we always ask them, if they can bring us some jamon serrano from Spain. When they come back from Spain with the jamon serrano, it is like a party! It is great! It is always a good to expend a nice time together with friends and having some bites of spanish ham.
This morning, we finish the jamon serrano from Spain I had at home. I will need to buy some more to enjoy it together with my friends.