Introducing The Italian Box
We spent some time roaming about the Italy countryside looking for inspiration so we could put a new box at your doorstep. Italy is most known for its dry cured meats and salumi like prosciutto, pancetta and sopressata. We spent a lot of time digging into these and we're working through the intricacies of the Florida Dept. of Agriculture code so that we can bring them to you in the near future. We spent an equal amount of time snooping out fresh, uncured meats and we're excited to bring some of those to you now.
Porchetta is the king of fresh cut meats. It is made by boning out the mid-section of a pig (the loin, rib, and belly), rubbing it generously with herbs and spices, and then roasting it skin-side out. Porchetta delivers a divine combination of lean meat, fat, and the crunch of crispy skin. Italians eat it cold on sandwiches and pizzas. The term "porchetta" also refers to other meats cooked in the porchetta style, like our Pollo Di Porchetta pictured below. If you're looking for a big centerpiece for birthdays and holidays then stay tuned for The Porchetta Box.
While cycling through Tuscany we made some small talk with our guide, an avid mountain biker, in the Chianti region. He spoke of encounters with wild boar in the area and the amount of ecological destruction they can cause to vineyards and olive groves. Wild boar (Cinghiale) are all over menus in Italy. Wild Boar Breakfast Sausage is one of our most popular offerings and we wanted to be sure to include a wild boar option in The Italian Box as well. It is leaner than it's domestic counterpart and can be substituted for pork in any recipe. If you'd prefer domestic pork, we've made heritage pork an option as well. We encourage you to try the cinghiale though - perhaps with a big glass of Tuscan red to celebrate the grapes the boar didn't get.
You'll find some sausages in The Italian Box. Our traditional Salsiccia Nostra is a mild Italian sausage that is great on a sub roll with sautéed peppers and onions. The Salsiccia Luganega is a classic Italian sausage that is commonly found paired up with risotto.
Polpettine Con Vitello are meatballs made the old fashioned way. We combine grass fed pasture raised ground beef, veal and pork with pecorino romano, herbs, spices, and breadcrumbs soaked in milk. At home we form these into golf ball-sized meatballs and pan sear them with Salsiccia Nostra and Spezzatino Cinghiale. This trifecta is the base for our San Marzano tomato sauce.
Finally, one of the most prominent menu items on display in the windows of Florence was huge cuts of Chianina beef. The Chianina breed of cattle is one of the oldest in the world and dates back 2200 years in the Tuscan region. We can't find it at any farms near us here in Central Florida, so we've sourced a comparable behemoth in this grass fed pasture raised ribeye. Our beef is raised from start to finish on wide open Florida pasture.
Thanks for checking out The Italian Box! Happy eating to you and yours! And if you've made it this far, use coupon code ITALY30 during checkout and take $30 off The Italian Box through August 1, 2018.