EtxePeio: Gourmet and authentic Basque products, made in Espelette

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The Basque Country is a land of delicacies ! Here, we taste authentic products , delicious recipes , made with know-how and a lot of taste … There is no lack of unique and exceptionalingredients ! Ham , cold meats in general, Espelette pepper , Foie-gras and duck specialties , black cherry , tasty honey … We have a real treat! On holiday in the Basque Country , open the door of one of the EtxePeio stores . It is a quality delicatessen , which sells products made in Espelette , in the purest respect of Basque traditions . You will also find all kinds of sweet delicacies there , aperitif drinks with naughty names, Basquewines and beers , in short, it is the kingdom of gourmets ! To treat yourself during the holidays or bring back nice gifts for your gourmet friends, this is the place to know.

EtxePeio Espelette

Tradition and modernity, compatible thanks to the love of taste!

Twelve years ago, Pierre Giudicelli de Mercury , then in his twenties, fell in love with taste . He is also a trader at heart, since he was little he loved the markets and started his professional life, selling good products on colorful and fragrant stalls. A few years later, his stall grew and he is now the creator and manager of the company EtxePeio (which means most simply in the world “ Chez Pierre ” in Basque).

>>> Read our previous report to learn all about the products of EtxePeio shops and the art of preparing a Basque aperitif.

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EtxePeio is a very nice delicatessen , which offers top quality , to all departments:

  • Basque products cooked , in jars or canned
  • Foies-gras , rillettes and pâtés
  • Raw products , such as ham , various cold meats , creamy and tender cheese
  • Sweet treats : cookies , jams , honey , gourmet creations
  • Aperitifs,Basque wines and craft beer

These marvels of flavor can be found in around fifteen shops throughout the Basque Country and also in the Landes and recently in the Gironde . EtxePeio also thinks of holidaymakers in love with its products, who can then order them on the website from all over France, via the online store !

EtxePeio Espelette

Entrance to the EtxePeio store in Espelette

EspeletteEtxePeio store

A very nice shop in a beautiful village

EtxePeio stores

A wide choice and if you want to stock up in another city, take advantage of the other shops too!

When you walk through the door of an EtxePeio store , you appreciate the modern and attractive layout of the products. It is the relay of know-how, of secular gastronomy , in a refined setting , which will appeal to all, including young people! Do not be shy, enter, stroll through the shelves , appreciate the pretty labels that list all the delicacies contained in these small and large jars. Look, there is nothing to blame, only fresh , fine, well chosen , well assembled products so that each lid " pop " is like a meal cooked just for you by your grandmother!

EtxePeio CassouletEtxePeio pork chopEtxePeio sausage lentils

Do you prefer jars or canned goods?

Made in the Basque Country, with love

EtxePeio is a reseller of a few products, carefully selected for their quality and only locally manufactured , but all the canning part is managed by the company. All Basque preparations, preserves, jars, condiments and salting are made in Espelette .

Cyril Brunet , responsible for production and in the business for more than 13 years, showed us the impressive catalog of made-up products. They make Basque recipes, but also adaptations of traditional French recipes such as Cassoulet , Lentilles Saucisses , Garbure but always with a little Basque touch (often it's Espelette pepper!);) The recipes are traditional, they are executed with care by a team led with talent by Marc Viarouge , a chef who also has a taste for good things .

Chorizos EtxePeio

Chorizos waiting to be perfectly ripened to reach a store

EtxePeio pork tenderloinEtxePeio dried pork tenderloin

Dried coche filet mignon with Espelette pepper, a real treat as an aperitif

EtxePeio Fine Food Basque products

At EtxePeio, you can look at the labels, there is only fresh, cooked with care and attention

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About a hundred preparations are made and the cannery only supplies the shops and sometimes a few baskets for business gifts , offered by EtxePeio. About fifteen people are in the kitchen, sometimes releasing 3 to 4 recipes a day! It is an average structure, which has the advantage of flexibility : if a product is missing from the catalog, it can quickly be put back on the shelves! They have the capacity to make volume while enjoying the flexibility of craftsmanship , the best!

The raw materials used are truly local : this is an important leitmotif for Cyril, who reminds us that working with live products also requires being attentive to seasonality : for vegetables of course, but also for meat. and the fish ! Because it is the taste, but also the texture that is directly impacted by the quality of the product . To guarantee optimalfreshness and conservation , a cannery must sterilize its containers: to avoid overcooking and harming the taste properties and visual rendering of the preparations, the EtxePeio cannery uses state-of-the-art and modern equipment . Mastery of cooking is what is at stake in the work of a cannery! The containers are filled by hand, to avoid shearing of the preparations and to guarantee homogeneity.

EtxePeio canneryEtxePeio cannery

State-of-the-art equipment, to measure during the sterilization process, and to do it well: neither too much (which denatures the product), nor too little (for a perfect conservation)

EtxePeio sausages

Sausages, made instantly!

EtxePeio dry sausages

Dry sausages

Pata Negra EtxePeioBellota EtxePeio

In stores, you can also find hams from the Iberian Peninsula whose taste, less salty than most hams, is intense and juicy.

Foie Gras Semi-Preserved

Let yourself be tempted by a delicious foie-gras… For the holidays in or as a souvenir!

EtxePeio's success is the love of taste ! Shared by Pierre, the founder of the company, his customers, but also his employees who are the first consumers of the products. Here, when we prepare a new recipe , we taste first! If it's good, then we wonder how to share this good taste with customers and make it economically viable. We also wonder how to improve the classics : for example the truffle pâté. After tasting, they found that the taste of the truffle was masked by that of the pork, so the recipe was remade with more truffles and poultry liver! Result to taste in store ...

A recipe to test ...

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Do you know the Xistorade ? A spread with Basque chorizo. Cyril gave me a recipe… With diced good ham (Basque, we agree?), Brown an onion and dilute with crème fraîche (whole, please) and two good spoons de Xistorade… We simmer everything and we coat the pasta or potatoes with this Basque “ carbonara ”… Hmmmmmmmm a deliiiiiiiice !!!

Go through the door of an EtxePeio store during your next stay in the Basque Country and consult their online store.

Enjoy your meal !


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