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Cold Carrot’s Puree with Iberian Acorn Ham

Carrots are one of the first vegetables I started eating as a kid. When my first teeth started to show, my mom would always give me a peeled and fresh carrot to calm my gums.

This is such a wonderful vegetable, contains A vitamin and it’s good for the skin and the sight. You can have this puree hot or cold… guess how we had it ;-) Yes… cold, of course.

Ingredients for 4 servings: 1 kilo of carrots, 2 green onions, 2 leeks, a spring of celery, 50 grs of butter and 50 grs of olive oil, 4 slices of Iberian Acorn ham, 1 can of evaporated milk Ideal (200 grs), a dry ham bone, some salt.

  • Peel the carrots, cut in slices and reserve.
  • Prepare a stock with 1 onion, the leeks, the ham bone and 3/4 of a liter of water. Place all ingredients in cold water and boil for 1 1/2 hours at the lowest heat.
  • Meanwhile, pour the oil in a sauce pan and the butter. With low heat, add the carrots and the other chopped onion. Stir for 5 minutes.
  • Add the stock which has been previously strained, also add the evaporated milk and let it all simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Taste and add salt to fit your palate.
  • Use a food processor to get an homogeneous texture. Reserve and when cold, place in the fridge.
  • Cut the Iberian Acorn Ham in small pieces. Place a sauce pan in the heat and when hot, add the ham. When crusty, take away from the sauce pan and pour over the cold carrot’s puree.

The sweetness of the carrots and the Iberian Acorn ham make this simple dish a winner during hot summer days :D
I feel so lazy these days… still doubting if I will keep on posting during August or not. I’ll be away from home and won’t have a fast Internet connection, so I will probably post less than usual… I’ll see. Anyway, what I’ll do for sure is cook and will keep the recipes and pictures for September and there will also be some restaurants recommendations :D. Oh and before the end of this month… there’s a BIG surprise in Spanish Recipes… stay tunned :D

I’m submitting this recipe to Linda from Got Milk? She has an event going on about Breastfeeding and since I’m a big supporter of this method and breastfeeded my child for 9 months, would love to take this opportunity to encourage all women with babies to try this antique, wonderful, primary, touching, vital and sweet way to feed your babies :D.

There’s still time until beginning of August and the dish should contain milk in it. Please head over her blog for sweet milk recipes.


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07/21/2008 · 17:01 h by Heather

Ooh, that soup sounds really nice. I like the earthy, sweet carrots with salty, fatty ham! I bet this would also be good warm, in the fall. Beautiful!

07/21/2008 · 18:19 h by Jen of A2eatwrite

This looks lovely and so refreshing! I will certainly have to try it, Nuria. ;-)

07/21/2008 · 18:48 h by ley

Ohhh, wow. That looks really good. I love carrots and I love ham…it’s perfect! :D

We don’t have Iberian acorn ham here…what would you suggest as a substitute? I’ve never had it so I’m not sure what it’s like.

07/21/2008 · 18:52 h by _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver

Oh, a cold carrot soup! I haven’t seen that before. And ooooh, evaporated milk!

07/21/2008 · 19:15 h by Peter M

Th soup’s colour reminds me of the sun when it first rises…so comforting!

07/21/2008 · 19:51 h by linda

Love the sweet combined with the crispy salty…yum!

Thanks for your entry to Got Milk?
I’ll do a round-up after August 7th.

07/22/2008 · 2:09 h by glamah16

What a beautiful soup! I have a bunch of carrots and Certain Someone says I dont make him enough soups!

07/22/2008 · 8:22 h by Peter G

The soup is a beautiful colour Nuria! Hot or cold it looks very delicious!

07/22/2008 · 8:24 h by Núria

Hola Heather! Yes, I plan to have it warm when cold days arrive :D. Fatty ham makes the difference!

Thanks Jen :D

Hola Ley! I suggest Serrano Ham, or bacon… the contrast will still be there :D

Hola Eating Club! Did you know it was my first time using evaporated milk? I loved it!

He, he… the sun rising in the sea horizon in a lost Greek island? Getting your bags ready, chico?

Thanks Linda! Will be there for the round-up :D

Hola Courtney! I’m soon posting a perfect summer soup for Certain Someone… does he like almonds? It’s a super-typical Southern Spain one :D… soon in your screen!

07/22/2008 · 15:37 h by bee

you add ham to everything? i can understand why. when i was carnivorous. pork was my fav meat.

07/22/2008 · 18:42 h by Ivy

Lovely recipe Nuria for a lovely event. I have promised to send a recipe for this event because it is absolutely necessary to stress how important breast feeding is.

07/22/2008 · 20:14 h by JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

Wow that looks awesome Nuria! I love the color! I hope you have a great vacation in August and I can’t wait to find out what the surprise will be! I LOVE surprises!

07/23/2008 · 7:22 h by Núria

Hola Bee! Ham goes well with nearly everything I can think of, but the best is to eat it just the way it comes out of the package…. Mmmmmm… too bad you don’t eat meat anymore :(. This ham is full of good and healthy things :D

Totally with you Ivy! Breastfeeding is the best for our babies :D

He, he, you are so smart Jenn! I just hope you all like it… it’s kind of a silly foodie joke ;-)

07/24/2008 · 20:05 h by Familia


When you say ham bone, do you mean a ham hock, like we use here, or a bone from the jamon iberico?

07/24/2008 · 20:38 h by Núria

I mean part of the bone of the pork’s leg. The piece closer to the claw (pezuña) is the better for broths and stocks. A 6 cmts. piece would be perfect :D

Now, if you don’t have iberian acorn ham, you can use a normal ham bone, dried or just cut, both could be ok.

07/26/2008 · 21:50 h by We Are Never Full

how gorgeous is this one! the picture is amazing. god – why did i eat all the iberico you sent before i could make this dish!!! WHY??????

08/10/2008 · 18:16 h by Di

Your soup looks beautiful–I love the contrasting colors. And great job breastfeeding for 9 months!

08/11/2008 · 1:59 h by Cynthia

this makes for such a pretty sight! and i love carrots. this will be perfect served hot for the wintry weather here!

09/15/2008 · 16:54 h by FOODalogue: Meandering Meals and Travels

ooh…I linked over to this after commenting on your chipirones post. Beautiful and definitely one I’ll try. I love the idea of the sweet-and-saltiness of this dish.

09/15/2008 · 17:06 h by Núria

Amy, Di, Cynthia, Joan: Thanks for your kind words. Rainy or Shine a fantastic carrots soup! ;D

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