SARASOTA, Fla., April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boar's Head Brand®, one of the nation's leading providers of premium delicatessen products, proudly introduces Boar's Head Black Forest Beechwood Smoked Ham. Crafted with the finest ingredients and naturally smoked with imported German beechwood, Boar's Head Black Forest Beechwood Smoked Ham boasts a distinct, perfectly balanced smoke flavor that is rarely found in America. To provide inspiration for creating meals that complement the exceptional flavor of Boar's Head Black Forest Beechwood Smoked Ham, Boar's Head teamed up with celebrity chef Richard Blais to create new signature recipes available at boarshead.com/BeechwoodSmokedHam.
Celebrity chef Richard Blais first gained critical acclaim and fame while competing on Bravo's hit show, "Top Chef." Known for his wildly creative approach to cooking and cuisine, Chef Blais strives to provide amateur connoisseurs with original combinations, as well as fun variations on classic household recipes, such as a quick and easy reinterpretation of traditional pork fried rice, featuring Boar's Head Black Forest Beechwood Smoked Ham, peas, carrots, ginger and soy, or a distinctive kale salad featuring Boar's Head Black Forest Beechwood Smoked Ham, chickpeas, dates and zesty Boar's Head Chipotle Gouda Cheese.
"As a chef who is passionate about experimenting with flavors and being creative in the kitchen, it was a sensational experience to develop new and inventive ways to use Boar's Head Black Forest Beechwood Smoked Ham beyond the traditional sandwich," said the chef, restaurateur and author. "With smoked meats, the wood is the key ingredient as each type of wood creates a smoke with its own unique and distinct flavor. Smoking meats with beechwood is traditionally used throughout Germany, but not often here in the States. I love that this ham is naturally smoked with imported German beechwood, giving Boar's Head Black Forest Beechwood Smoked Ham European flair with a clean and balanced smoke flavor."
"Boar's Head is thrilled to be teaming up with celebrity chef Richard Blais to introduce our Black Forest Beechwood Smoked Ham," said Elizabeth Ward, director of communications for Boar's Head Brand. "He brings nearly two decades of experience and expertise to the Boar's Head culinary roster, and we're confident his recipes will help expand the repertoire of how smoked ham is prepared and served in American kitchens."
Boar's Head Black Forest Beechwood Smoked Ham is made with the highest standards and exceptional care. It is a lower-sodium ham* and is certified heart healthy, in addition to being gluten free, milk free, extra lean and rich in protein. Like all Boar's Head premium meats, cheeses, spreads and condiments, Black Forest Beechwood Smoked Ham only uses the finest ingredients without by-products, fillers, artificial colors or flavors, gluten or trans fat+.
Boar's Head Black Forest Beechwood Smoked Ham is available at select supermarkets, gourmet stores and fine delicatessens nationwide. For more information about Boar's Head, new offerings and recipes, please visit boarshead.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/boarshead or follow Boar's Head on Twitter @Boars_Head.
* 31% Lower Sodium than USDA data for Extra Lean Roasted Ham.
+ No trans fat from partially hydrogenated oils. All Boar's Head meats, cheeses, condiments and spreads are gluten free.
About Boar's Head Founded in 1905, Boar's Head Brand has upheld a commitment to unwavering standards for quality for 110 years, refusing to take shortcuts that compromise the integrity of its products for the sake of convenience or economy. What started with just a few products has grown to over 500, ranging from premium delicatessen meats, cheeses and condiments to an array of Italian and Old World specialties, hummus and foodservice items. All Boar's Head meats, cheeses, spreads and condiments contain no fillers, by-products, artificial colors or flavors, gluten or trans fat. For more information, visit boarshead.com or facebook.com/boarshead.
About Richard Blais Perhaps most recognizable as the winner of Bravo's "Top Chef All-Stars," Richard Blais is a successful chef, restaurateur, James Beard Award-nominated cookbook author and television personality. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he went on to train at some of the world's most esteemed restaurants, including The French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse, and el Bulli. A regular guest judge on Food Network, Blais recently appeared as the host of the network's "Hungry Games," as well as a main judge on Bravo's "Top Chef" Season 12. He is the founder of Trail Blais, Inc., a forward-thinking culinary company that has designed and operated popular eateries throughout the country, and currently owns and operates Juniper & Ivy, his first West Coast restaurant in San Diego, as well as multiple locations of Flip Burger Boutique.