People who know the religious significance of challah may raise an eyebrow at our headline. (There’s more about challah below).
The sandwich may be tongue-in-cheek [photo #1], but it’s delicious. Here’s our adaptation of the recipe.
Beer is a great beverage pairing.
Prosciutto is the cured hind leg of the pig, as is American ham. The cure is different, creating a quite different result—more elegant and refined flavor.
Don’t want prosciutto? Here’s a recipe for a fried chicken sandwich on challah.
1. SLICE a loaf of challah, or a challah roll.
2. BUTTER one side, add mustard to the other.
3. ADD the prosciutto and any other ingredients.
La Quercia (La KWAIR-cha—the name means “The Oak” in Italian) is an Iowa-based producer of classic Italian cured meats (called salume in Italian).
The company was founded by Herb and Kathy Eckhouse to create premium quality American prosciutto.
Their love of cured meats emerged from three-plus years of living in Parma, Italy, the area where prosciutto originated.
When the couple returned to the U.S., they wanted to create their own artisan prosciutto.
After launching their prosciutto to great acclaim, they developed additional cured meats (salume): coppa, guanciale, lardo, lomo, pancetta, speck and more.
Here’s more about pork products and pork cuts.
The handcrafted products are available at better markets. Visit the La Quercia website for more information and a store locator.
Challah is a braided, sweetened egg bread (photo #6) that is part of the celebration of the Jewish Sabbath.
Jewish custom requires that Sabbath and holiday meals begin with challah.
The word refers to a mitzvah (tithe) of bread, a portion that was separated from the dough before the loaf was formed and braided.
It was given to the Kohen, the priests in the temples, who had no income. This portion of the dough was sanctified and tithed; the remainder was used for ordinary consumption.
Challah has been part of Jewish life for millennia. It is mentioned in the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament.
While challah has been a part of Jewish kosher cuisine, modern times have encouraged different uses for the tasty bread.
Challah has taken an evolutionary detour from the traditional rectangular, braided, ceremonial loaf to modern uses and different shapes (photo #2).
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Challah is now made in flavors, savory and sweet.
You can find many recipes, both savory and sweet, online.