Lardo is an Italian treat, made from the whitest creamiest pork back fat.
Lardo is the italian name for a delicacy made from pork back fat, which is cured with sea salt, pepper, garlic, spices and herbs, before it is cured for 6 months or more in marble basins.
Lardo should not be mixed up with ‘lard’ which is called Strutto in Italian. Lardo is finely sliced and served as a starter on toasted bread for crostini or sometimes it is rolled inside a freshly made hot piadina or Italian flatbread. You can use lardo on its own, or wrap it around fish or prawns before cooking. The fat melts over the fish and makes it incredibly moist. You can find it in a good Italian delicatessen.
You can also get lard cream, in a little jar. Spread it on toasted bread. It's made of whipped pork fat and often has rosemary, garlic, pepper and other aromatics and herbs added to it.
greatfood.ie note: We have bought lardo in a block, dusted with salt crystals from www.esperya.com who deliver to Ireland. You may also find it at Sheridan's Cheesemongers who have shops in Dublin and Galway.