In honor of national Salami day, I feel it is my right, duty and privilege to highlight all the best snack meats out there. Snack meats are healthy, high protein foods that not only taste great, but look just as scrumptious. I have kept this list to strictly appetizers rather than get into the thick of it when it comes to full meals. Let’s keep it simple and figure out what the best meats are that we can easily wrap our hands around.
First off, I am starting strong with Gobagool. Capocollo or coppa or capicola is a traditional Italian and pork cold cut made from the dry-cured muscle running from the neck to the fourth or fifth rib of the pork shoulder or neck. It is a whole-muscle salume, dry cured, and typically sliced very thin. Dry cured just means they hang the meat for years and throw a shitload of salt on it. Gabagool straight up slaps and I eat it at least 15+ times a year. Its very healthy too.
Next off we are moving into the salami family with sweet Soppresata. Classic Italian style salami with clove, oregano, garlic, & chili flake. Said to be the “salami of the people”, every Latin speaking country claims to have invented Sopressata. It is crafted with a little heat, fresh garlic, and the slightest note of clove. this is a perfect opening appetizer because it is sweet and light, making it perfect for parties, events or any other situation where it is accepted to openly grab meat.
Lastly, and by far the best, Prosciutto. This is easily my #1 here. It is very thinly sliced pork, dry aged for years and just melts in your mouth. there are many meats that taste similar, but there is no meat I’d rather have in my mouth than Prosciutto. It is important to note that this meat is not cooked at all and the dry ageing process adds a unique flavor. This is wildly unhealthy but it is fucking delicious. Wrap some around some melon and let your taste buds enjoy the all they can fuck Buffett. Great appetizer here.
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