Chef Chele Gonzalez's House-Made Charcuterie: Best Picks for Your Holiday Table
Deli by Chele also makes amazing bread, jams, cheeses, and more.
(SPOT.ph) You're likely already making plans for what you'll be feasting on for Noche Buena. Outside heavier roasts and main dishes, it's worth sprucing up your spread with graze-worthy pica-pica items that are the perfect accompaniment while you're casually catching up with your friends and relatives. If you're looking for options that go beyond the usual, check out Deli by Chele. This new online deli from Chef Chele Gonzalez and the folks behind Gallery by Chele offers everything from charcuterie to preserves to breads and cheese made in-house, using responsibly-sourced (and as much as possible, local) ingredients and zero preservatives. Here, we round up some of the can't-be-missed items they've got that'll spruce up your Christmas table.
Add these Deli by Chele items to your cart for an extra-festive holiday feast:
Honey Cured Ham
Deli by Chele's take on classic honey-cured ham (P650/450 grams) uses local organic pork and wild honey harvested by the Aetas and Dumagats of Zambales. You can use it for your sandwiches or toasts—or just snack on it plain.
If you like your ham on the more spiced side, go for the Ham Pastrami (P180/150 grams). Here, local organic pork is rubbed with a mix of garlic, onion, mustard seeds, Spanish paprika, and coriander.
If you're looking for an alternative to the usual pork, why not go for duck? Deli by Chele's Duck Mortadella (P320/150 grams) uses duck from Victoria, Laguna that's packed in its own casing, so you get to enjoy the poultry's distinctive, rich flavor.
Give your holiday spread some Spanish flair with the Chorizo Picante (P220/220 grams). It's best pan-fried and served with crusty bread so you can mop up its natural oils, but you can also use it for recipes like paella.
Local "Foie Gras" Duck Liver Pate
This foie gras-inspired spread (P290) is made with duck liver from Guillermo's farm in Victoria, Laguna blended with butter, cream, cognac, and other ingredients. It isn't quite real foie, but is nonetheless rich and satisfying.
Gallery by Chele uses real purple yam to add a distinctive nuttiness (and natural purple hue) to the Ube Sourdough (P290). It's wonderfully crusty and has just the right amount of hydration to be moist without being gummy.
Aged & Smoked Quesong Puti
The humble kesong puti gets a robust makeover in the Aged & Smoked Quesong Puti (P490/100 grams). As the name implies, it's smoked and aged to develop its flavor further and help it reach complex-tasting new heights.
This one-of-a-kind preserve (P120) takes inspiration from the cocktail of the same name, blending together pineapple, coconut, and Don Papa Rum for a welcome kick. Serve it alongside cheeses, or heck, use it to glaze ham for an fruity touch.
Octopus a la Gallega
If you're looking for an easy tapas option, go for the Octopus a la Gallega (P300) which conveniently comes in a jar. It's got tender octopus in a paprika-heavy sauce, which you can heat and serve as is with crusty bread or toss with pasta for a quick noodle dish.
Lacto-Fermented Green Mango with Beer
In need of a crisp and piquant condiment to balance out richer and fattier dishes? Try the Lacto-Fermented Green Mango with Beer (P230), Deli by Chele's own take on pickled green mangoes, made with beer for a distinctive yeasty depth.
For orders, check out Deli by Chele's website.
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