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TREASURES FROM JAEN: ARTEMONTE DELICACIES, WILD MEATS AND MUCH MORE

wild_meats_artemonteEverybody has heard about Chorizo, the typical Spanish cured meat made with pork. Yet, have you ever heard about venison chorizo? Or even wild boar and game chorizo? These delicacies are just some of the enormous variety of cured wild meats that ArteMonte proudly produces.

Founded in 2005, in the town of Aldeaquemada, on the border between Andalusia and Castille-La Mancha, this enterprise puts strong emphasis on combining craft traditions with modern industrial features. It is rated as one of the most recognised producers of wild-game produce in the Iberian Peninsula, with a very strong sense of social and environmental responsibility.

Only the highest-quality ingredients are selected before being processed, and are stuffed into natural casings and hand-tied one by one. ArteMonte produce ranges from the well-known pork chorizo to the less-common venison, game, wild boar or mallard chorizos. Smoked flavours of paprika will reach your hypothalamus giving you an irresistible urge to taste a thin slice. Apart from chorizo, ArteMonte also offers a variety of salamis; again with venison, game, wild boar or mallard.

However, beyond doubt, the star product of Artemonte is the Venison Cecina. Delightful, mouth-watering, delicious: Cecina is a smoked meat without almost any fat and, I have to confess, my favouritewild_meats_artemonte cured meat. Artemonte uses a special recipe. After the venison ham is smoked, it goes through a curing process in thyme that makes it easy to distinguish, adding a very unique touch.

Other of their specialities are “in Orza” products. At this point you must be thinking I love using funny words. Well, that’s true, but not in this case. Orza refers to a traditional way of preserving meats in clay jars. The meats are initially slowly fried and then put into jars, covering them with the olive oil used in the frying. In the time when there weren’t any fridges this was the only way to feed the whole family throughout the whole year. Now with all the technology in our hands this would make no sense, if it wasn’t for the fact that it is still the tastiest way to preserve the meat with all the flavours created in the curation in olive oil.

If you haven’t started to salivate yet, let’s go with some of their other products. They have a selection of ready-to-eat tapas like their venison bolognese, venison meatballs or the acclaimed beans-with-game chorizo. You just have to heat them and they are ready to eat in a couple of minutes!

While the tapas are heating up you can get a handful of crackers and taste their famous variety of pates : mallard duck, partridge, wild boar or venison amongst others.

If you are planning a foodie travel to Spain we wild_meats_artemontegive you some clues in this area in Five things to do in Sierra Mágina and if you want to arrange a visit to their work place just need to tell us.

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venison and potato muffin

VENISON AND POTATO MUFFIN

Oh yes!!! A muffin shaped tapa using venison, potatoes, cream and some other ingredients. How to use meatballs far from a convenctional way? This idea came to our heads while playing with Artemonte Venison Meatballs at Xavi’s, one of the partners in this project. He was thinking more on a cupcake but a glass of red @BodegasMunana 3Cepas helped putting things on my side.

Lets start with the shopping list for 8 of these muffins but take in account quantities will vary depending on the size of your moulds:

  • 500g potatoesvenison and potato muffin
  • 1 red onion
  • 50g onion chives
  • 400g Venison Meatballs, you can use any but I strongly recommend this twist for an smart and tasty touch.
  • 100 ml double cream
  • Salt, pepper and nutmeg
  • 2 tspn EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Preparation:

Grate the potatoes and thinly slice the red onion. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and add the potatoes and onion. Fry at medium heat for about 7 min stirring every couple of minutes.

Meanwhile add salt, pepper and some nutmeg to the cream, heat and simmer for 1 min.

Once the potatoes and onion are done (a bit undercooked), add the previously chopped chives and mix thoroughly. Take the mould and just cover the bottom with the mix.

Place a venison meatball in the middle and fill the mould around with more mix covering the meatball. Pour the cream in the mould; do it slowly so the cream can fill the spaces in between.

Preheat the oven to 200ºC and place the moulds in the middle. venison_and_potato_muffinBake for about 10min until the top is golden.

Serve and enjoy!! In my experience, a glass of red wine was a perfect companion.

 

Venison bolognese baby bell peppers

Venison Bolognese stuffed baby sweet bell peppers

Naturally colourful, meaty and bite-sized – the way tapas and pintxos should be eaten. ;-)

Bolognese is a world known recipVenison bolognese baby bell pepperse nowadays and is mostly served with pasta but a venison Bolognese is not that common and more a rare and original twist. When I got the samples from Artemonte I started wondering how I could use this tasty Bolognese in a way that brings out the freshness of Southern Spanish gastronomy. Peppers were the solution. I love peppers!! Roasted, fried, sautéed, … any way.

So let’s start… First of all, buy the freshest baby bell peppers you can find. I bought a selection in different colours which will add a nice touch to the serving presentation. This is the shopping list for about 20 bites:venison_bolognese_baby_bell_peppers-5

Preparation:

Wash the pepper gently under cold water. Cut a small sliver out of each pepper, just wide enough to get your finger in and remove the seeds. Leave the stem on.

Once we have all the peppers stuffed it’s time to place them in the oven on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20-25 minutes and put them on the sauce we left apart before. After decorating with small drops of Ali Oli (link to next week recipe), serve and enjoy!!!Venison bolognese baby bell peppers

While the peppers cool down, get your friend to open a bottle of wine and your other friend to post pictures of you all enjoying your Venison Bolognese stuffed baby sweet peppers and tag us for the chance to win a real culinary journey!