Cheeses to Go With Salami

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Cheeses to Go With Salami
Salami comes in various shapes, sizes, and flavours. (salami image by saied shahinkiya from

Whether you prefer the thinly sliced Soppressata type or the classic Genoa kind, salami is a popular sausage with intense flavour. The Salami family of sausages are typically salty, dry, and highly seasoned, with strong flavours resulting from the curing process it goes through. Salami is a mix of minced pork, beef, wine, salt and spices. The most well-known kind is pepperoni. Different varieties of salami go well with a variety of cheeses.

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Pecorino Cheese

Pecorino, a hard sheep's milk cheese, has a sharp flavour that goes well with spicy types of salami such as Calabria and Napolitano salami. Grated Pecorino cheese and salami are often paired together over pasta in a cream sauce.


Genoa Salami, mostly made up of salty pork, is most often seen in American delis. It is usually paired with provolone, which is a curd, pulled cheese with a mild flavour. You will commonly find a version of a salami and provolone sandwich at almost any classic Italian deli.


Asiago is a hard cheese that is typically grated and has a nutty and slightly fruity flavour. Milano salami, which is a lean salami stuffed with peppercorns, pairs well with asiago cheese. The pair can be served together on a meat and cheese platter or on a sandwich with the sliced version of asiago.

Goat Cheese

Goat cheese, commonly presented as a soft spread, has a rich, creamy flavour. It is very versatile and can be served fresh or aged, with a more pungent flavour. Sopressata, a delicate, very thinly sliced salami, goes well with goat cheese when served with pasta. Another option is to serve sopressata with a goat cheese spread.

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