A good wine paired with Prosciutto di Parma can make any meal extraordinary, but what about an excellent beer? Often overlooked, beer can complement prosciutto dishes perfectly by balancing out the saltiness and providing a crisp, smooth finish. Below are five of our favorite beer and food pairings, including brews that go together with some of our Prosciutto di Parma recipes.
Belgian Witbier (Wheat Beer):
This light ale gives off a citrus taste that coincides well with feta and goat cheeses but also stands up to heavier foods. Try it with our Crispy Prosciutto di Parma Cups with Goat Cheese Mousse, California Arugula Prosciutto Pizza, or our simple Prosciutto Rolls.
This German-style wheat ale produces flavors of banana and cloves with some spice and tartness. Contrasting with mustard flavors, pickled foods, and cured meats, Hefeweizen is a go-to beer to balance with Prosciutto di Parma. Our Prosciutto di Parma and Melon with Pear Mostarda or Summer Cornbread with Prosciutto di Parma, Baby Squash and Pickled Nectarines are great matches for a fruity Hefeweizen.
Blond Ale/Cream Ale:
With the cream ale’s malty sweetness and smooth finish, this beer is ideal for balancing sweet or spicy foods. Blond and Cream Ales complement dishes like the Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Saltimbocca Alla Romana or the Pizza with Prosciutto, Spicy Peach Jam and Burrata.
Porter beer is a dark, malted beer with slight nutty and toffee characteristics, which couples nicely with smoked meats, creamy cheeses, and less-sweet desserts. The key to pairing porters with desserts is to make sure the dessert is less sweet than the beer. A porter is perfect to pair with the Prosciutto di Parma Zeppoles with Parmigiano Reggiano, Rosemary and White Truffle Oil.
The hoppy aroma and bitterness of a Pilsner is bold but won’t overwhelm a dish, making it a versatile beer to complement even delicate foods. This beer pairs well with light fishes, marbled meats, and sweet reductions, but, in particular, is excellent with ham and cheese duos, as the saltiness balances the smoothness of the pilsner. Try it with the Octopus Saltimbocca or Grilled Cheese and Prosciutto di Parma Panini.
Looking for prosciutto and wine combos in addition to our beer and food pairings? Swing over to our wine pairings page for some fun tips.