Useful tips for preparing pork presa

Iberian pork presa, along with the feather, is one of the most highly sought-after cuts of the pig. This is because, for each animal, it is only possible to extract only two cuts of approximately 500-600 grams in weight. Below, you will find some useful tips for how to prepare this delicious cut.

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What is the Iberian prey?

The prey is characterised by its incredible juiciness and unique texture. As it is extracted from an area close to the presa, this cut contains significant amounts of infiltrated intramuscular fat. It can be prepared in multiple styles and is rich in a variety of nutrients! However, like all cuts, it is important to follow a series of guidelines if you want to surprise your guests with this highly regarded delicacy.

How do you prepare pork presa correctly?

Ensure the right temperature

Iberian pork presa should always be prepared at a medium temperature. Whether you grill it, broil it or even bake it in the oven, a moderate heat is best. This will prevent the meat from being burnt on the outside and raw on the inside, along with ensuring it doesn’t lose its desirable juices and dry out. 

In addition, don't forget that all cuts should be left at room temperature before cooking. If you take the meat straight out of the refrigerator and put it on the stove it won’t have had the necessary time needed to defrost. It should therefore be taken out of the fridge two hours beforehand.

The cut itself

Presa iberica is generally sold as a half-kilo cut of meat. In order to prepare it on the griddle or grill, it will need to be sliced into smaller pieces or fillets. Ask a butcher to make these cuts for you if you are not very skilled with a knife. The only way to prepare the whole presa is to bake it in the oven.

Seasoning the Iberian prey

The vast majority of Iberian cuts do not need much seasoning to taste exquisite: salt and a little pepper is all you require. However, if you want to add an individual touch to your recipe, the pork can be seasoned with rosemary or indeed any other aromatic dried herb. 

You just need to prepare a small marinade using olive oil, salt, pepper and the herb of your choice. You can also use any other spices if you want to experiment.

How is presa iberica cooked?

Presa de cerdo is generally grilled or barbecued. It is necessary to fillet the meat first, as the entire piece of pork is difficult to cook. This said, one way to prepare pork presa without cutting it is in the oven. But cooking it in the oven also requires that the oven is preheated for a sufficient length of time before the prey is added. 

In addition, in order that the prey does not dry out and provides a unique flavour experts recommend pairing it with red or white wine, as well as placing it on a delectable bed of vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions, etc.). You won't regret it!

If you wish to grill it, don't forget to use cooking spray to suitably grease the grill rack. When grilled, the prey acquires a barbecue-style flavour that will not go unnoticed. However, be careful, the prey needs to be cooked with indirect heat, i.e. it should not be placed on the hottest part of the grill.

The Iberian prey can be eaten raw

Did you know that more and more restaurants are using raw Iberian prey? You can try this for yourself if you like carpaccios or tartar. This cut of Iberian pork is delicious to eat in either of these two forms. If you are planning to make carpaccio, you will have to take the prey to be filleted in a machine, as the slices must be as thin as ham. The carpaccio itself does not need much dressing beyond olive oil and lemon. 

Tartar is another great alternative and here the meat should be marinated with the ingredients of your choice.

No matter which recipe you choose, it is important to freeze the meat for at least three days before eating. 

Choose the perfect garnish

Finally, presa iberica should be accompanied by a suitable side dish. If you bake it in the oven, don't forget to add some carefully selected vegetables, which you should pre-cook beforehand in a saucepan. Here you can use whatever you fancy: potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, peppers, onion, it’s entirely up to you. Perhaps prepare an incredible vegetable stew as your recipe! Remember that the meat should always be placed on top of the vegetables so that it is thoroughly infused with their taste and aroma. 

When served in steaks, fried potatoes or some rice are best. You can also prepare grilled or roasted vegetables to accompany this dish. There are no complications with grilled pork, each fillet of meat should simply be grilled for two minutes on each side.

Don't forget a suitable drink to nicely complement the Iberian pork. A good red wine can make all the difference, as it enhances the flavour of the meat in a unique way.

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