Monday, April 13, 2015

There's an App for That: Salami and Cream Cheese Appetizers

When I was little, my mother used to take slices of cream cheese and swaddle them lovingly in blankets of salami, arranging them neatly on a plate as she went. The resulting tidbits made a fantastic snack, and I know I enjoyed quite a few myself in the process! Unfortunately, when something is so simple, it's often easily forgotten—certainly, I don't think I've ever made them in the ensuing (ahem) decades. Thankfully, I was reminded of this fantastic combination very recently, and knew they would be just as welcome in this digital age as they were all those years ago:

Salami and Cream Cheese Appetizers

Salami and Cream Cheese Appetizers

Sliced salami, preferably nitrate/nitrite-free (local, if available!)
Cream cheese, softened

Dollop a small amount of cream cheese in the center of each slice of salami (my slices were only two inches across, so a 1/2 teaspoonful was enough). Fold salami over cream cheese and repeat until you have as many as you need!

Notes: My store happened to have cream cheese mixed with scallions, and this worked very well. Other good additions to the cream cheese would be finely chopped chives, olives, or cornichons. For more contrast with the rich, salty salami, add some finely chopped dried figs, walnuts, and a pinch of cinnamon to your cream cheese.


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