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This listing is for a 1 Lb cut of LA QUERCIA Coppa Piccante.
This normally sell online for about $20.00/Lb., but because of a special end-lot deal from the importer, we are able to offer a limited amount for $10.00/Lb.
You’d usually find coppa in central Italy, where it’s considered one of the kings of cured meat. Since the FDA prohibits us from importing cured meats like this, we offer you the next best thing: coppa from La Quercia. Actually, it might be a bit better than the first thing. I think we need to bring some of this version to Italy to find out—what do you think?
Coppa is made from lean shoulder meat that’s generously marbled with delicate, sweet fat. While it’s cured similarly to lomo, with smoked paprika and cocoa, it has more fat, so the flavor is more intense, the mouthfeel more luxurious. Slice a bit for an antipasto plate. Chop slices thickly for a salad. Or slip a bit into a boring old sandwich to make it fly.
Like all their meats, La Quercia’s coppa is made from hogs raised naturally, without hormones or sub-therapeutic antibiotics.
While the texture is the same as the Coppa above, its flavor is in a class all its own. Rubbed with fennel and paprika, it tastes smoky and spicy with somewhat of a sweet herbaceous character. Spicy in the good way (not blazing hot).
La Quercia uses vegetarian-fed, antibiotic-free pork from Heritage Acres Foods and cures it with sea salt, juniper berries, and bay leaves, giving the sweet meat an herbal kick. Give it a try wrapped around meats on the grill, fried in a sandwich (PLT, anyone?), or diced into spaghetti carbonara’it’ll turn most dishes into a miracle. Or, cook as you would bacon and serve atop poached eggs with shaved parmesan for a Sunday morning treat.
How did a family in Norwalk, Iowa come to produce some of the best cured meats in the world? It started with tradition: After three and a half years in Parma, Italy, Herb and Kathy Eckhouse brought classic techniques back home to create their signature salumi, something they say “expresses our appreciation for the beauty and bounty of Iowa”. Adding responsible sourcing and sustainability to the recipe means that their products don’t just taste great, they’re also produced with the highest standards and best quality ingredients around. To help more people get a bite of the good stuff, we now offer the full La Quercia line as well as curated selections that will make any meat lover squeal with delight.