What is Hard Salami?
Hard salami is a pork and/or beef product and sometimes considered a deli meat. The meat is cured using salt, aging and sometimes smoke. Hard salami is shaped into a long solid tube shape, with a thin casing around it. The texture is dense and somewhat greasy, with a reddish color and often dots of white fat. Hard salamis are almost always smoked, while genoa salami is more tart in flavor. In general salami has a meaty and salty taste, with a slight tang to it. There are many varieties of salami some have herbs, while others are spicy. Salami is served as an appetizer or on sandwiches, pizzas and more.
What does Hard Salami Taste Like?
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