Genoa Salami: Know Your Charcuterie

Genoa Salami Cured Meat

Genoa Salami Origins

Genoa Salami is a popular American variety of salami. Many believed it originated from Genoa, Italy.

The original Genoese name for this kind of sausage is the salame (di) Sant’Olcese, which is a prodotto agroalimentare tradizionale (traditional agricultural food product), and originates in the hilly interior of Genoa’s hinterland…

– from Wikipedia


How Do You Pronounce Genoa?

Check out the video above to learn how to say Genoa, pronounced, “jEH-noh-uh.”

What Is In Genoa Salami?

Typically, this popular cured meat is made with pork, although it has many interpretations. There are variations however, that include varying amounts of beef and/or veal. It can contain a variety of spices, including sugar, garlic, and white or black pepper. It can also be seasoned with wine.

How Does It Taste?

Genoa salami has a milder flavor than most salami’s. It also has a softer texture than many other well known cured meats, such as soppressata. Depending on the amount and types of seasonings used, it can also have a slightly vinegary taste.

Genoa Salami in Salad

What To Do With Genoa Salami?

Genoa salami is popular in sandwiches and salads. Because of its mild flavor, it makes a great pairing with other charcuterie as a nice balance. For your charcuterie platter, we recommend adding strong contrasts such as pickled mustard seeds or sweet apricot jelly. If you’re interested in trying different varieties, we love this traditional pack from Citterio and this big one from Columbus Salame Company. For those with dietary restrictions, try this all natural, gluten free version from Fortuna’s. It’s the one featured in the image at the top of this blog post.



Photos: “Vespaio” by flickr user Kent Wang, CC BY-SA 2.0, edited for color

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