How to eat salami
I just got some Columbus salami and a package of soppressata from a friend. I haven't really had real salami before, and I'm not too sure how to eat it. I tried a few slices, and it's too salty to use in a sandwich. The only way I can think of to use it is in antipasti, putting a few thin slices on tiny pieces of toast with a bit of mozzarella and some basil. Ideas please.
You can slice it paper thin and make crisps out of them by laying onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Put in a 350F. degree oven for about 10-15 minutes depending on your oven and allow the slices to crisp up like a potato chip. Remove from oven, blot with a paper towel and allow to cool. Meanwhile make a topping of chopped roasted red bell pepper, fresh mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and shredded fresh basil. Spoon onto the salami chips & serve. You can make up any combination you would for an antipasti tray for these. Great for appetizers & general snacking...
also, you can add slices to a pizza or mix with dough for a salami bread.
I eat it just as it is - as starter, with pickles, olives & bread.
My current pickle of choice is a wild vegetable which the brother in law brought back from Mallorca. He advised all it needed was to be washed, dried and preserved in white wine vinegar. I have absolutely no idea what it is - the BiL translates it from the Mallorcan as "sea asparagus" but that's what I'd normally call samphire - and it's not that (although it looks slightly similiar - stalky but flat). Whatever it is, the crunch and the vinegary preserve make a good contrast with the fattiness of the sausage.
Sliced and combined on an antipasto platter with an assortment of cheeses and other salami, sliced tomatoes, pickled vegetables, etc. Slice fresh crusty Italian bread and have a small bowl of EVOO and either red wine vinegar or Balsamico to ladle over.
Cubed and cooked into a fritatta
Sliced in a sandwich with tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, hot pepper relish
Cubed and added to either a fresh tomato sauce or a pasta salad
^^What my auntie said!!!^^
I especially love salami with prosciuttini (peppered ham) on a quality hard roll with pepperoncini and provolone. I just try not to eat it so often now (cholesterol, dammit).
I just used sopressata at the base of a lovely salad I made over the weekend with a goat ricotta salata and a champagne hazelnut vinaigrette. It truly rocked. Pics here--I know you didn't think you wanted a salad, but have a look and see if this doesn't change your mind...especially if you can pick your own lettuce or grab it from a farm stand!
Salami is also fun to roll up with cheese or peppers and just MANGIA!
Whenever I splurge on fennel salami, I end up eating it by itself. I might have some fruit or a little chunk of good bread after. That's it, because it's so good I just can't imagine combining it with other food and not experiencing just that flavor and texture. Good stuff! I love sopressata too.