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Nov 23, 2009 06:38 AM

What kind of ham is "deli style ham":?

Hello - in Cook's Illustrated "The Best Light Recipe", they refer to an ingredient as "deli style ham" (it's an add on to macaroni and cheese). What kind of ham is deli style ham? Cooked? Black Forest?


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  1. bland-ish cooked ham from the deli is how i'd read it. i like the black forest ham, though -- if it doesn't have an aftertaste. frankly, i'd use some country ham from over in the meat department -- or get a ham slice and cube it.....

    1. in my experience, "deli-style ham" has always been the term for the cooked sliced stuff you get at the deli counter. alkapal is right, us a better product - something that you like or would normally use if cooking a dish with ham.

      1. Deli ham refers to boiled or baked ham at the could use whatever you like at the deli counter.

        1. My speculation would be that "deli style" is used to distinguish a city ham (cured in brine - what you typically get in a deli) from a country ham (dry-cured and smoked) or a Danish ham (usually sold in cans).

          ETA: Most ham sold is city ham. Virginia ham, honey-baked ham, black forest ham, etc. are all brine-cured. Country ham and Danish / pressed ham are exceptions to this general rule.

          1. I think "deli style" refers more to the way it is sliced (its form) rather than the specific variety of ham. The deli at my local grocer usually has boiled ham, black forest, virginia baked, honey ham, etc. I think any of these, sliced relatively thin, as if for a sandwich, would fit the bill. Choose the one that you feel adds the best flavor... or get the one that's on special!