One of the very first orders of business when we arrive at Barajas airport in Madrid is to stop by one of the many cafes and order a café con leche and a bocadillo de jamón. Delicious in its simplicity, a bocadillo consists of a loaf of crusty bread cut in half, coated with extra virgin olive oil, then layered with cured ham and cheese. You can make a bocadillo with many other ingredients - a wedge of tortilla española for instance, or roasted peppers, or thin slices of grilled pork. But to us, a bocadillo of jamón and queso is the purest expression of this very Spanish sandwich.
This kit features four big loaves of bread from Galicia, crusty and delicious after 10 minutes of baking, 6 ounces of thinly sliced cured Serrano ham and 1.1 pounds of young Manchego sheep's milk cheese. You can make four large bocadillos, enough to feed ten people!
Assembling a bocadillo could not be easier! Slice open the freshly baked bread, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, layer thin slices of jamón and cheese and you are done. If you want a bit more complexity, add a few piquillo or guindilla peppers to the mix. Cut the bocadillo in four pieces and serve with a cool cup of gazpacho.
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