In our last post, we discovered that pepperoni was actually developed in the U.S. and is a derivative of salami, but what exactly is salami.

Even though they kind of steered us wrong on the country of origin for pepperoni, we’ll turn again to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council for a definition of salami:

General classification for dry sausage, sometimes highly seasoned, with characteristic fermented flavor. Usually made of beef and pork; seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper and sugar. Some are dried to achieve 30-40% moisture loss. Some are smoked and cooked.

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word was first used in 1852, in Italy, as a plural form of salame or “spiced pork sausage.”

Often times, on homemade pizzas in the FamilyTrivium home, salami will be found as a topping, alongside it’s descendant pepperoni. It is also one of the primary ingredients on Mr. FamilyTrivium’s favorite Jimmy John’s sandwich: the Vito.


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