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5 famous Italian sausages

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Italian salami is a type of hard smoked sausage made from fermented and air-dried meat.

Baked salami sausage has a very delicate taste and aroma, it can be served as a snack, cook pizza, add to salads.

The Italian salami is characterized by an abundance of various fragrant spices, as well as a surprisingly thin layer of white mold.

Salami is rightfully one of the most popular and favorite varieties of gourmet sausages, so you should think about how to cook it at home.

Italian salami at home is easy to prepare, without any special ingredients.

  • pork ham - 870 g
  • lard - 140 g
  • nitrite salt - 23 g,
  • dry white wine - 10 ml,
  • sugar - 10 g
  • black pepper - 3 g,
  • dried garlic - 3 g,
  • fennel seeds - 1 g,
  • dried rosemary - 2 g,
  • beef belly - 1 m

How to cook Italian salami at home:

Soak salami in running water before starting to cook salami at home.

Soak the fat first in cold water, and then cut into plates no more than 1 cm thick.

Cut the pork into cubes of about 3x3 and place it in the freezer for a while, so that the meat is slightly “caught” by frost.

This is necessary in order for the minced salami to be chopped for the best structure of dried sausage.

By the way, all the tools and equipment that will be involved in the preparation of salami must also be cooled.

Pass the chilled meat through a meat grinder with a large grill, cut the fat into small cubes. Combine minced meat and lard.

Next you need to add spices, white wine and nitrite salt to the minced meat. Mix everything with a spatula or a special mixer.

Fill the intestines with minced meat using the sausage nozzle, rewind it in several places to divide the long sausage into smaller sausages, pierce with a toothpick where air bubbles appeared, and wrap it with twine.

Next, you need to hang the sausage in a dry and cool place and leave to dry them for a week until they become elastic and hard to the touch and lose 30-40% of their original weight.

Ready-made Italian salami, cooked at home, can be eaten immediately, or you can pack it in vacuum bags and leave it in the refrigerator for another week to even out the humidity level inside the sausages.

IGP and DOP grades

Many people love salami, and therefore they release it in most civilized countries of the world. But, as you know, sausage sausage is different, and in order to appreciate the original taste, you definitely need to go to its homeland - to Italy. The republic also has a huge number of manufacturers. However, only some products have been awarded special marks - IGP or DOP categories. These abbreviations in the name indicate the devotion to the tradition of manufacture and the high quality of Italian salami.

Salama da sugo igp

Salami da sugo - sausage, typical of the province of Ferrara (Ferrara), but completely unusual in appearance. It consists of pork meat, tongue and liver, wine, salt and spices (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, pepper). It has the shape of a melon and is tied with twine. It can be covered with a bloom of white mold, which appears naturally during ripening. Head weights range from 0.7 to 1.4 kg. The color is dark brown, the aroma is intense, the structure is soft and grainy. The minimum exposure period is 6 months.

The peculiarity of salami and sugo is that before use, it is most often prepared additionally. Soak in cold water to soften the coating, gently wash with brushes, and then cook for at least 4 hours. It is important that the sausage skin is not damaged. The finished product is eaten warm with mashed potatoes or pumpkin, cut into portions.

Salame cremona igp

Cremona salami is made from pig meat grown in the production area of ​​Parma ham (Prosciutto di Parma) and Prosciutto di San Daniele (Prosciutto di San Daniele). It is a mixture of fresh pork with salt and crushed garlic, seasoned in the intestines of pigs, cattle, sheep or horses.

Ripening period from 5 weeks to more than 4 months. Salami has the shape of a cylinder with a diameter of 65 mm and a length of 150 mm. The weight of the finished product is 500 g. Sausage is gently cut even after a long exposure. The color is intensely red, the aroma is saturated, the taste is spicy. Cremona goes well with vegetables, fruits, bread and cheeses.

Salame d’Oca di Mortara IGP

Salami di Mortara is made in the province of Pavia. It is made from pork and goose meat. Geese in the last 3 months of life should eat exclusively green food and grain and weigh at least 4 kg before slaughter. The goose skin serves as a casing for sausages. The texture is homogeneous, does not crumble. The color of the cut is dark red with a splash of fat. The smell is spicy, the taste is delicate and soft. The size of the sausage ranges from 0.3 to 4 kg. Salami di Mortara goes well with fresh and stewed vegetables.

Salame Sant’Angelo IGP

Salami Sant'Angelo is a sausage made from pig meat grown in the territory of Nebrodi. It has an elongated cylindrical shape and a natural white coating. The texture is delicate and compact. The color of the meat is ruby ​​red, the fat is white. The smell is delicate, the taste is spicy, aromatic, obtained due to the special microclimate of the valley. The exposure time ranges from 30 to 90 days. The sizes of fat inclusions are larger in comparison with other varieties. Salami Sant'Angelo is eaten as an appetizer or aperitif for liquors.

Salame Felino IGP

Salami Felino is a product from the city of the same name in the province of Parma. The composition of the sausage in addition to meat and spices includes dry white wine, which distinguishes it from other varieties. The weight of the sausage stick varies from 0.2 to 4.5 kg, the shape is cylindrical. The texture is compact, not elastic. The color is ruby ​​red. The aroma is delicate, the taste is sweet. The minimum ripening time is 25 days. For consumption, the size of the slices is very important. Traditionally, slicing felino salami is quite thick (7 mm) and long (cut diagonally). It is served in combination with bread and Parma ham.

Salame piemonte igp

The production area of ​​Salami Piedmont is limited to the territory of the region of the same name. In addition to seasonings, sausage is flavored with red wines from Piedmont from Nebiollo, Barbera and Dolcetto grapes. The salami stick has a cylindrical shape and weighs at least 300 g. The cut is ruby ​​red, the texture is compact and uniform with interspersed fat and grains of pepper. The taste is sweet and delicate due to the short exposure (10-50 days depending on weight). Piedmont's salami is characterized by the aroma of aged wine and garlic. Cut it immediately before serving. Use with fresh bread, mustard, cheeses and salads. Also, sausage is served with various cereals and mashed potatoes.

Salame di Varzi DOP

Salami di Vartsi is from the municipality of Vartsi in the province of Pavia. Sausage is a mixture of fresh meat and coarse fat. The fat content is approximately 30-33% of the total weight of the product. The shape of the product is cylindrical, the cut color is bright red with white splashes of fat. The consistency is elastic, the texture is compact. The exposure time depends on the weight and variety: Varzi-Filzetta (0.5-0.7 kg, aging 45 days), Varzi-Filzettone (0.5-1 kg, aging 60 days), Varzi-Sottocrespone (1-2 kg , ripening 120 days), Varzi-Cucito (1-2 kg, ripening 180 days). The taste is sweet and delicate. Salami di Varzi is cut into thick slices and complemented with vegetable salads with vegetable oil, cheeses and wines.

Salame Brianza DOP

Brianza salami is produced from pig meat grown in the regions of Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia and Piedmont. In addition to salt, pepper, garlic and wine, sugar is allowed to be added to the product. The shape is cylindrical, the consistency is compact and not elastic. The cut color is ruby ​​red. The smell is delicate, the taste is very sweet. Ripening time depends on the size and varies from 15 days to more than 5 months. Brianza salami is served as an appetizer for alcoholic beverages. It is used in many recipes.

For example, the salad we call Olivier is called the Russian Salad (Insalata Russa) in Italy and put salami in it.

Salame Piacentino DOP

Piacentino salami is made from pig meat and fat in the province of Piacenza. The fat content is from 10 to 30%. The finished product has a cylindrical shape and weighs from 400 g to 1 kg. The texture is compact. The color of the cut is bright red with clearly distinguishable inclusions of fat. The smell is characterized by a delicate aroma of meat with a slight hint of spices. The taste is delicate, almost unsweetened, more intense with age. Exposure depends on weight and is at least 45 days. Piacentino salami is eaten as a snack and used in recipes.

Salamini Italiani alla Cacciatora DOP

Italian salami Cacciatore is produced in 11 regions of Italy.

Its name translates as "hunter." This is due to the tradition of people hunting salami for a snack.

Sausage differs from other varieties with a rich history. The product is cylindrical in shape, about 20 cm long and 6 cm in diameter. It weighs an average of 350 g. The texture is dense and not elastic. The cut is ruby ​​red with evenly distributed grains of fat. The aroma is delicate, the taste is sweet and delicate without sourness. The minimum ripening time is 10 days. Cachiatore is eaten with unsalted bread, supplemented with good sparkling wine, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. Fits perfectly in salads.

Salame di milano

Salami Milano is not a member of the DOP and IGP categories. However, it is one of the most famous varieties among Italian salami. It is made from a mixture of finely ground pork and beef, which is seasoned with salt and a small amount of seasoning and stuffed in a natural or synthetic shell. The exposure time is about 3 months. The color of the cut is bright red, almost ruby. The taste is delicate. Served with milano salami in a meat plate. Milanese eat it with traditional michetta bread.


The history of salami in the territory of modern Italy began in the period of the Roman Empire. The name of the product comes from the Latin word salumen, but it appears only in the Middle Ages and means that the product is stored with salt. So called not only meat, but also fish. However, over time, the term “salami” has been increasingly associated with pork.

Although the first attempts to preserve meat and salt for a long time belong to the history of prosciutto, in rural areas the way of packing chopped meat into animal guts began to dominate faster.

The mass production of salami begins in the Middle Ages, when the first large pigsties appeared in the immediate vicinity of milk processing sites. Waste from the production of cheese and cottage cheese is ideal for feed pigs. The birth of such an industry and Italy's unique microclimate creates ideal conditions for the spread of the art of meat storage. In Milan, minced pork was mixed with wine and spices. Such salami were sent to the ceremonial tables of nobles and feudal lords.

In the XII century, at the courtyard of the Malaspin family, they served a “new” sausage aged in wine cellars and “aromatized” with smoke. And in 1581 the word "salame" first appears in the cookbook and indicates pork sausage. Prior to this, sausages were designated by the term insicia. Later, salami goes to the tables of rural residents, when raising pigs becomes an indispensable resource for survival.
The art of making salami evolved differently depending on the region of Italy. Which inevitably led to a variety of varieties of Italian salame even in the same region.


The quality of Italian salami is supported not only in the production hall. Even the territory and feed for raising pigs, whose meat is used in the preparation of sausages, are regulated. For slaughter go animals weighing 160-180 kg. The basis of their diet is cereals and by-products of milk processing. As a result of such nutrition, raw materials are rich in saturated fatty acids and have low cholesterol.

Salami, however, may contain not only pork, but also the meat of sheep, goats, horses, geese, donkeys, wild boars and their offal. Although the fatty part is taken only from pigs because of its organoleptic properties.

Before starting cooking, the veins and adipose tissue are removed from the meat. It is thoroughly cleaned and cooled to a temperature of 7 degrees. Which parts of the carcass are used to make salami, as well as the fineness of grinding, depend on the type of sausage.

Salt and spices are added to the minced meat, the presence of which is determined by the type of product. Of the spices used garlic, black and white pepper (ground or in grains), dill, nutmeg, cloves and others. In some regions of Italy, unusual salami are found. For example, with walnuts or pistachios. A non-standard method can be called adding milk or wine to raw materials. The law allows the use of sodium nitrite as a dye and a weak preservative.

The sausage dough is stuffed with a natural (pig, sheep, cattle and horse gut) or synthetic (cellulose) casing. For preliminary drying, the sausage is sent to warm rooms for 3-7 days. Further ripening occurs at a temperature of 10-15 degrees. Exposure times vary by grade. The final stage of preparation for certain types of salami may be slightly smoked to give a specific flavor.

Calorie content and benefits

The calorie content of salami, like other products, directly depends on its variety. It is not possible to consider everything, so we will focus on Salami Milano - the most famous and bought Italian sausage in the world. The number of calories per 100 g is 384 kcal, which are composed of:

  • Proteins 25.4 g (101.4 kcal),
  • Fat 31 g (278.4 kcal),
  • Carbohydrates 1.1 g (4.2 kcal).

Salami Milano is a product with high energy value. Nevertheless, lard in it is easily absorbed due to the development of beneficial microflora during the ripening of sausage.

Pork meat is very rich in protein, which is necessary as a building component for the human body. In addition, the fermentation of proteins during the aging of the product leads to better absorption.

In addition, sausages are one of the important sources of bioavailable iron, zinc and other minerals. Salami is rich in vitamins B1 and B3. They participate in the metabolism, ensure the normal functioning of the nervous and cardiovascular systems, as well as the digestive system.

Salami is recommended for nutrition to people with reduced weight and lack of appetite, during periods of mental and physiological stress, during recovery. If you do not belong to any category, but love salami, you should be aware that you can spend calories from 100 g of salami:

  1. Cleaning the house for 2.5 hours,
  2. Brisk walking 1 hour,
  3. Running at an average speed of 27 minutes
  4. Playing football 34 minutes
  5. Swimming 40 minutes.

The disadvantage of the product is the high content of sodium chloride (salt), the excessive use of which contributes to the formation of arterial hypertension.

Homemade recipe

Often, home lovers of culinary feats stop at the most exotic and irresistible options. One of them can be called salami. If you search for her recipe at home on Italian sites, then at best you will find a way to make sweet sausages for dessert.

We will share with you a simple recipe for homemade sausage. But, in fairness, we note that it is impossible to cook real Italian salami in your kitchen. So, we need:

  • Pork - 850 g
  • Salo - 150 g
  • Salt - 25 g
  • Dry wine - 10 ml.
  • Pepper - 5 g
  • Garlic - 5 cloves,
  • Spices to taste
  • Pork intestines.

The spices in the recipe can be used in a variety of ways (cloves, nutmeg, ginger, etc.). It all depends on your taste. The guts are usually sold clean, but still they should be washed additionally under running water. Why do we take pork? They are optimal in diameter.

Grind lard (slices 10 mm thick) and meat (small cubes). We send the pork to the freezer for a while, until it freezes slightly (but does not freeze). We twist the meat in a meat grinder with a large diameter of the holes, and finely chop the fat manually.

Add salt, wine and spices to the mass, mix thoroughly. Using the sausage nozzle, fill the intestines with minced meat. We make constricts along the length for the formation of sausages. Carefully inspect the resulting sausage for air bubbles. If any, then they must be pierced.

Wrap the sausages with twine and hang in a cool room with low humidity for about 7 days. За это время продукт потеряет часть влаги и приобретет необходимую консистенцию.

Приготовленную колбасу «аля салями» нужно хранить в холодильнике. Она станет прекрасной закуской к алкогольным напиткам. Вы также можете приготовить пиццу с салями, добавив в неё сыр, помидоры, оливки, болгарский перец, лук и ломтики своего домашнего шедевра.

Покорить Италии и обзавестись при этом салями – довольно интересный вариант для отдыха. Тем более что найти её вы сможете легко, практически не приложив к этому усилий. Знаменитую салями милано на её родине можно приобрести по цене от 12 до 25 евро за 1 кг.

Domestic stores offer 1 kg of Italian product for 3000-3500 rubles. Russian-made products with the name “Salami Milano” are estimated at 1,500 rubles per 1 kg.

Not a sad story about salami came to an end. Eating a piece of sausage with crispy bread and then jogging around the Coliseum seems like the perfect start to the day. Live light, love secretly, travel deliciously and remember: “They don’t go to Italy with their salami!”


The homeland of this cooked sausage is Bologna, therefore in other regions of Italy it is often called Bologna. For tourists trying it for the first time, mortadella impresses not only with its wonderful delicate taste, but also with its impressive size. The sausage has a cylindrical shape, and one loaf can weigh from 0.5 to 100 kilograms!

Mortadella is made from minced pork with slices of tender bacon, which makes the drawing on the slice resemble a mosaic. Other types of meat are often added to pork: veal, beef or horse meat. Some varieties of sausage include cracklings and offal. The spices used are garlic, pepper, pistachios, nutmeg, Italian wine and dried myrtle berries.

It is customary to cut sausage into very thin slices and eat it with white bread, crackers or dry bread. Also in Italy panini with mortadella are popular.

The best in the country are the brands Mortadella di Prato and Mortadella Bologna. The latter can be considered a kind of culinary symbol of Bologna. Mortadella costs from 12 to 30 € per kg. Popular manufacturers are Salumeo, Golfera and Italia Alimentari S.p.A.

This Italian moldy sausage is best known outside the country. It is prepared from pork with the addition of lard, black pepper, white wine and herbs. The delicacy has a rich taste and special aroma, which is given to it by spices. And what is especially important - real Italian salami has a characteristic marble pattern on a slice and a white “crust” of mold.

One of the best varieties is considered salami di Felino. It is produced in the city of the same name in the Italian province of Parma. The process of ripening of this dry-cured sausage is carried out at a special temperature regime and humidity, as a result of which fermentation occurs and mold occurs. Such conditions allow the use of a minimum amount of salt.

In the city of Felino, the Salami Museum is open, which is located on the territory of a medieval fortress. Excursions are conducted by English-speaking guides. Here you can get acquainted with the history of the famous sausage and local traditions of production. The cost of the entrance ticket with tasting is 5 €.

Another type of salami is pepperoni - a spicy variety of sausage. It is also made from pork and is a popular ingredient for pizza and sandwiches. In Italy, salami can be bought at a price of 10-11 € per kilogram. Well-known manufacturers are Negroni Groupe and Salumeo.


This is a fairly popular sausage in Italy. Her homeland is the region of Abruzzo. Ventrica is made from pork and lard with salt and spices. As spices use fennel, rosemary, pepper (sweet and hot), sometimes - garlic and orange zest. There are two main types - Vasto and Teramo.

Ventrica Vasto contains 20-30% fat. All ingredients are not ground into minced meat, but cut into cubes. Then pieces of meat and lard are rolled in spices and filled with the shell. Sausage matures within 120 days. The finished product has a spicy, spicy aroma and uneven red color.

The fat content of sausages Ventricin Teramo is much higher - 50-60%. It also includes offal, and all the ingredients are passed through a meat grinder. Delicacy is eaten, spread on bread, and used to make meat sauces.

Both varieties of sausage were named after the settlements where they are produced. Traditionally, porcine bladder is used as a ventricular casing, but modern manufacturers can also use an artificial casing. Do ventricular Portalupi, Villani SpA, Alto Concetto and other manufacturers. You can buy sausage in Italy at a price of 18 to 32 € per kg.

The composition of this Italian sausage includes pork neck, parts of the head, meat, lard, pieces of skin and greaves. All ingredients are finely ground and seasoned with salt, pepper and spices. Sausage goes on sale in a raw, slightly dried form. Demand for it is increasing on the eve of the New Year, since one of the traditional dishes on the New Year's tables of Italian residents is kotekino with lentils.

Before use, sausage must be cooked. Basically, it is baked or boiled over low heat, having previously pierced the shell in several places. At the cut, the finished product has a pink, almost red color. Buy kotekino in Italy can be priced from 16 to 30 € per kg. One of the most famous sausage producers is Antica Ardenga Srl.

These fatty sausages are made in many regions of Italy. And in each of the areas production and recipe have features. In some areas, pork is used as the main ingredient - for this, take the back or thigh. In other areas, salsichcha can be made from turkey, lamb or beef, as well as with the addition of offal. The shell is used natural or artificial.

The ingredients are not ground finely. A mixture of herbs, fennel seeds, salt and pepper (allspice, bitter and paprika) are added to the prepared meat. Spices may also vary by region. In some Italian regions, coriander is added to these sausages, in others - garlic, and in the third - some fortified wine and even cheese. Sausage has a small diameter and ring shape.

Salsichcha is also prepared in different ways. Some varieties are dried for two months, like Salsiccia Stagionata (its price is from 16 to 29 € per kg). Others - sell raw, like Salsiccia Fresca (it costs 13-15 €). Such sausages can be baked or fried at home. Sun-dried salsicia is added to chowder or used as a filling for pizza. Among the manufacturers it is worth noting Salumeo and Casa Montorsi.

Where to try and buy sausage in Rome

The list of popular types of Italian sausages is not exhaustive. In the sunny country, many varieties are produced, among which there are a lot of uncooked smoked, dried and smoked. Local manufacturers honor traditions, so the taste of some products has not changed much since the Middle Ages, when they were served on the tables of Italian nobility.

You can buy the best varieties of sausages in Italy in the Volpetti shop in Rome (Via Marmorata, 47). The fantastic assortment of this gastronomic shop is able to impress the most sophisticated gourmets. Each buyer will be helped here to make a choice, and for tourists who purchase tasty souvenirs before returning home, they will pack sausages in a vacuum package.

Another great place in Rome to buy real Italian delicacies is Antica Salumeria (Piazza della Rotonda 4/00186). In the shop at this restaurant, several hundred varieties of sausages, cheeses, dried meat products and wines are presented. Here you can buy and taste products of local manufacturers. A large plate with different types of delicacies will cost 15 €.

Ingredients and How to Cook

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Weight of composition:100 gr
Calorie content
190 kcal
Protein:16 gr
Zhirov:13 gr
Carbohydrates:2 gr
B / W / W:52 / 42 / 6
H 100 / C 0 / B 0

Cooking time: 6 hours

Step cooking

Scroll 200 gr. beef and 200 gr. pork through a meat grinder. Salt, pepper, mix, actively beat off.

Finely chop the remaining 100 gr. pork, add garlic, passed through the garlic, stir in the meat. Add beaten egg and knead.

Cut vegetables: olives - in slices, pepper - in small cubes. Stir in the meat.

Cover the container with minced meat with a film and put in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.

Put half of the chilled meat on a plastic wrap, give an oblong shape. Tightly wrap the preform in several layers of film so that the future mortadella does not fall apart when slicing. Do the same with the second part of the stuffing.

Cook mortadella for 1.5 hours over medium heat.

Cool the sausage, remove the film and roll in red pepper or paprika. Shelf life 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Enjoy your meal!