Iberico Pork Secreto
Iberico Pork Secreto is a wide, flat piece of meat hidden behind the shoulder and under the back fat of the Spanish Pata Negra pigs. Fantastically tender and highly prized, secreto has a long grain with what appears to be stripes from the fat marbling. It is perfect for cutting into smaller steak sizes, then flash frying and serving with crisp fresh salads or warming bowls of risotto. The stripes of dense marbling turn a gorgeous golden-brown, adding colour, texture and an abundance of flavour to the meal.
For a simple evening meal, cut into 3-4 inch pieces. Season with Maldon sea salt, pepper and just a little oil. Heat a griddle or frying pan and fry off for a couple of minutes on each side, or until a rich golden-brown colour appears. Let the steaks rest for 4 minutes. You may notice the steaks have puffed up quite a bit; this is where all the delicious fat has melted and is adding flavour to the meat. Slice, across the grain, and serve straight away, alongside warm crusty bread and a salad of artichoke, olives, capers and onions covered with a zesty dressing.
Pair with a glass of Caixas Albariño 2017/18 Rías Baixas.