Pasta, Spinach and Duck Prosciutto Salad with Sumac Salad Dressing ala Dentisi Chef

spinach pasta salad recipe duck prosciutto sumac dressing salad

Sumac, sumak or sumach  is  flowering plants in the genus Rhus  from family Anacardiaceae. Sumac grow in subtropical climates, especially in Africa. The sumac fruits (drupes) are grounded into a reddish purple powder used as a spice in Middle Eastern cuisine to add a lemony taste to salads or meat. In Arabian cuisine, it is used as a garnish for  hummus and added to rice or kebab.

SUMAC RECIPE ARABIAN SPICE SUMAK

Sumac: Prescius Spice !

I’ve been searching sumac all over around and end up with nothing but dissapointing. My Arab descent friend  did’t known about it, even few of  arabian ethic stores in Palembang didn’t notes that. Thanks God one of my fellow blogger friends, Tinsyam  had sumac. She sent me a couple tablespoons of sumac and i can even wait to give it a try for my salad. My first verdict of sumac is lemony and tangy  sour aftertaste, i guess sumac is not only suits for salad but also great with seafood. My next project is making sumac crusted tuna.

sumac spinach salad dressing with duck prosciutto

Spinch Sumac Salad Just Before Tossed Out

Today i make a sumac salad with a fusion of eastern and western ingredient. I use HOMEMADE DUCK PROSCIUTTO, back olives, cheese and truffle oil for western touch. To give a contrast, i used few asian ingredient like lotus root and CRISPY ENOKI MUSHROOM TEMPURA and blended it with Middle East spice Sumac. For a presentation purpose, i mix the sumac sala dressing  after i did the photo session, but i still drizzled  it with black truffle oil.

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Sumac Salad with Spinach, Pasta and Duck Prosciutto: Ready to Ea t!

Ingredients:

Pasta, Spinach and Duck Prosciutto Recipe:

  • 1 cup cooked pasta(fusili)
  • 1 cup red spinach/amaranth leaves
  • homemade duck prosciutto
  • tomato, thinly sliced
  • bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • crispy enoki mushrooms tempura
  • carrot
  • raw peruvian sweet potato
  • black olives (kalamata)
  • garlic peanut
  • shaved cheese
  • lotus root, peeled and thinly sliced

Sumac Salad Dressing Recipe:

  • 1/2 tsp sumac
  • black truffle olive oli
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • a pinch od salt and pepper to taste

Instruction:

How to Make Spinach and Pasta Salad with Sumac Dressing:

  • Mix all sumac salad dressing ingredient, set aside
  • Toss all ingregient and adjust the taste

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Homemade Duck Prosciutto (Air Dry-Cured Duck Breast): Perfect Way of Game Meat Preserving

duck prosciutto homemade recipe dry cured duck breast

Homemade Duck Prosciutto Recipe

Prosciutto is known world wide as Italian dry-cured ham. Etymology of prosciutto derived from Latin word pro or before and  exsuctus or drained out the moistures. Prosciutto  usually served uncooked or raw with greens leaves  salad and vinegar or lemon juice dressing. Beside that, prosciutto can be served as sandwich filling, rolled in the veggies and roasted and many more. Italian ham prosciutto in Indonesian is kinda damn pricey, it cost me about 10 USD for only 100 grams, fivefold than regular ham.

duck breast prosciutto recipe homemade prosciutto

Recipe Duck Breast Prosciutto

Duck prostiutto is popular among the hunters because it can be made of lean cut of dark meat poultry like duck, goose or even pigeon instead of regular pig or wild boar ham. But actually the prosciutto mostly made of gamey bird breast. Properly dry cured method of prosciutto can save the good amount of hunting harvest. Than tey can enjoyed  for a long day since it can last for months or even years. Some would love to inocculate a good white mould in the exposed meat to make it last longer. To mantain the red meat color and prevent spoiling and poisoning from botulist, prosciutto cured with nitrites like salt peter (sendawa) or potassium nitrid. The nitride oxide  binded and reacted with the remaining myoglobin in the flesh and make a red pigmentation. This process get even better when the water is drained out from the flesh.

homemade prosciutto duck breast recipe

Duck Presciutto: look at that georgeos ruby red cured meat!

To make duck breast prosciutto, you must have the duck breast first. Make sure you deboned the duck breast properly and cleaned it from any silver skin or it won’t be well cured. The duck breast then cleaned, salted and cured with good seasoning for about 2-3 days, depend on your duck breast size. During this time the duck breast is gently pressed to drain all the blood that remains  in the meat.  After the curing process, the duck breast is carefully washed in running water,  patted dry and hung in a dark, good-ventilated environment. The  humidity and temperature of the inviroment is the key success of making a good quality of duck prosciutto. The best enviroment for making cured meat is cold climate with low humidity. The duck prosciutto  is then left until dry and loosen  30 percent of it’s weight. When you lived in a tropical country with high temperature and humidity, don’t worry about it, as long as you can set your refrigerator in “dry mode” you can made your own dry cured meat or prosciutto.

Duck prosciutto recipe homemade prosciutto hoe to cured duck breast

Ingredient:

Homemade duck prosciutto recipe:

  • 1 duck breast (you can use goose or pigeon too)
  • 1/2 tbsp seasalt
  • 1/2 tbsp freshly grounded black peppercorn
  • a pinch of rosemarry
  • 1/4 tsp juniper berry, coarsly grounder
  • a pinch of mix italian herbs
  • a pinch of salt peter/ pottasium nitride (you can either use pink salt)

Instruction :

How to make homemade duck prosciutto:

  • Clean and pat dry the fresh deboned duck breast
fresh duck breast cured duck prosciutto

Fresh duck breast: ready to cure

  • Mix all ingredient and rub it evenly, put it in a tupperware container
  • Let it cured for about 2-3 days, flip twice a day and discard any liquid that dripped off.
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Curing the duck breast: look at the liquid that dipped off from the flesh!

  • Gently press the cured duck breast  and discard the liquid before you flip it over
  • When the curing process is done, your duck breast should be slightly flatened and firm to touch
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Cured duck breast, ready to hung dry

  • Washed it gently in running cold water to dissolved the remaining curing salt
  • Pat it dry with clean paper towel
  • Rolled with a gently  press to remove any air in the duck breast, tide it thightly with butcher  twines*optional
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Roll the duck breast just like you’ve made pancetta!

  • Rub it with a little of seasalt*optional
  • Wrap it with clean cheesecloth
  • Measure and note the weight of your cured duck breast
  • Hang it in your refrigerator (make sure you set it in dry mode)
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Presciutto: hang to dry cured

  • Let it dry- cured for about 2 weeks up to 2 months
  • Make sure you watch the weight loss
  • Your duck presciutto is ready when it losen 30 percents of it’s weight.
  • You can either serve it raw on salad or cook it in your pasta, your choise…..

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