Finely ground beef and pork with a hint of wood smoke and spice. Mild and tender.
When I first opened the packet, I was greeted with the lovely rich smell of freshly cut salami; the packaging had done its job maintaining the contents in their just-sliced state, which made me wonder what is going to happen in the future when plastic eventually gets phased out. I hope the replacement will do just as good a job of presentation and storage. As for the quantity, there seemed to be many more slices than I had expected - and although they are thin slices. the flavour means that they need to be eaten slowly for best effect.
With milder salamis like this one, I like to eat them at room temperature or slightly above. That brings out the meaty flavour and enhances the smoky effect. I served some slices on top of poached eggs on toast. When the eggs were just cooked, I put the salami on top as I moved them on to the plate. The heat of the eggs transferred itself to the salami so that it was warmed up; some of the little fat globules in the meat melted down into the egg and shared the flavour so that the entire dish was infused with a gentle spiciness. It made a great substitute for bacon!
The packet said it contained two 50g servings, but I thought it would be sufficient for at least three. I made some of it into open sandwiches with sliced tomato and a sprinkling of parsley. There was no other seasoning needed as the salami was tasty enough on its own. The tomato minimised the fatty aftertaste of the salami, transforming it into a delicious treat. I served this with mugs of French onion soup - in combination, a great lunchtime treat for two of us.
There were still three slices left so I chopped them into small pieces and used them to decorate a plain macaroni cheese. Although it was not a huge amount, it was enough to add interest and a flavour boost. This dish can be quite boring on its own, especially when a milder cheese like Edam has been used, so the addition of some spiced meats or nuts can make a huge difference. The salami is so versatile that I am going to get some more because I can think of many more ways of using it.
Pricewise it is competitive considering the number of uses I got from just one pack. I had it on my own the first time round (with the poached eggs) but on the other two occasions there were two of us sharing the meal, so altogether it fed five! Not too bad for a pack that was meant to feed two.
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