Italian Salami with Bread (pane e salame)

Oh I do love, yes I do love my salame (in Italian salame is the plural for salami).

I have made an awful lot of crumbs on my desk. My poor laptop is by now addicted to coffee, has enjoyed all sorts of spaghetti and now is having me munching a fresh baguette with 2 generous thick slices of salame stuck inside. Not good!

Italian salami

This is proper salame!

A girl having large slices of salame does not sound very feminine, does it? But it does if you come from the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. And a glass of red wine with it will be fine too. Take a look a this pig festival I went to some time ago.

Salame is not that dry, industrial and tasteless “tiger looking” rubber that comes in a hard plastic wrapping. It is a fragrant, chunky, soft and thick sausage which can make a whole room smell delicious when you slice it. Sadly I have actually never managed to find it in the UK.

assorted Italian salami

Wild boar salami

Salame, which originated in Italy is a mixture of raw meat, often pork but also wild boar, veal and even duck and it is flavoured with spices and herbs. It is preserved in salt.

A speciality of my region Friuli is salame cooked in vinegar and onion. Delicious but the salame needs to be very fresh and tender.

I have taken these photos at the last food fair “Good” in Udine.

Italian salami

salami and garlic

Friulan salame is flavoured with spices and garlic

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7 Responses to Italian Salami with Bread (pane e salame)

  1. gloria

    look delicioso! My son love salami!!!

  2. la cucina di Molly

    Tutto questo salame mi fa venire l’acquolina in bocca, che bontà! Un abbraccio!

  3. Catherine

    Dear Alida, I love salami. It is very, very expensive in the US. I have not had it in a long while. I agree. I will not buy the one in the plastic wrap. It is not very good.
    This is wonderful.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Mouthwatering! Quality Italian salami costs a lot of more than the local salami here.

    • Alida

      I agree. It is a different thing altogether!

  5. Diana

    Alida! Where are you from in Italy??? My father was born in Fiume (now Rijeka)…but grew up in Trieste…I have been there many times…love it!….curious to know your origins!

  6. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Hi Alida,

    Well this post brings back memories for me. First I love salami! With a chunk of Italian bread and a chunk of provolone cheese, a glass of wine, oh my is this heaven or what! But the memories I have is that when I was a young girl, my dad used to own an Italian Deli in Astoria, NY. When you walked in the store, you could see all the salami’s hanging from the ceiling with the cheeses. You could smell the perfumed aromas of the meats, cheeses and breads. He used to make his own Italian sausage and other home made goodies. Love your photos, and I can totally understand about the food and your computer. I really think it eats too much also.

    Great post, thanks for sharing..Blessings Dottie 🙂

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