Cold Cuts

Cold Cuts
These are precooked sausages or meat loaves that are usually served cold in sandwiches or on party trays. You can buy them already sliced in vacuum packs, or have them sliced to order at a deli counter. Most cold cuts are high in fat and sodium.
Alpino salami
Alpino salami
This is an Italian-style salami.
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basturma
basturma
This Armenian specialty consists of beef that's marinated in spices and air-dried.
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bierwurst
bierwurst
This is a chunky, tubular German sausage that's usually sliced and served cold in sandwiches. It's made with pork and beef.
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blockwurst
This is a spicy German pork sausage that's usually served in sandwiches. It comes ready-to-eat.
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bologna
bologna
This soft, mild sausage is a sandwich staple. It's made from beef and/or pork and usually smoked. It's usually sold sliced and ready-to-eat.
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Calabrese sausage
Calabrese sausage
This spicy dry Italian salami is made out of pork and hot chile peppers.
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cold cuts
cold cuts
These are precooked sausages or meat loaves that are usually served cold in sandwiches or on party trays. You can buy them already sliced in vacuum packs, or have them sliced to order at a deli counter. Most cold cuts are high in fat and sodium.
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coppa salami
coppa salami
This has bits of ham in it.
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corned beef
corned beef
This is cut from a beef brisket that's been cured with salt and spices and then simmered in water. It's traditionally served hot on rye bread.
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cotto salami
cotto salami
Cotto is a cooked salami.
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csabai
csabai
This is a Hungarian smoked sausage that's heavily seasoned with paprika. Rings of it are sold in German delis.
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foie gras entier
foie gras entier
This pricey French delicacy is simply goose or duck liver that's been lightly cooked. When aged, it becomes very rich and flavorful. Goose livers are tastier and more expensive than duck livers. Some people refuse to eat foie gras because the animals are force-fed to enlarge their livers.
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galantina
galantina
This is cold cut resembles a chunky mortadella.
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gelbwurst
gelbwurst
This pork and veal sausage is very mild and fine-grained. The name means "yellow sausage" in German, but that refers to the color of the casing rather than cream-colored sausage itself. You can put it into sandwiches or pan-fry it. It's called "diet bologna" in Germany since it's relatively low in fat.
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headcheese
headcheese
This is made from parts of the hog's head, which are boiled together with spices and gelatin, then cooled and sliced. The result is a mosaic of meat chunks. It's good in sandwiches.
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jagdwurst
jagdwurst
This is a coarse, mild German cold cut that's often served on sandwiches with mustard. It's made of pork, beef, and sometimes garlic.
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krakauer
krakauer
This is like bologna, only it's studded with chucks of ham. You can serve it cold in sandwiches, or fry it for breakfast.
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Lebanon bologna
Lebanon bologna
This is a highly seasoned smoked beef sausage based on a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe.
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leberkäse
leberkäse
Despite its name ("liver cheese" in German), this Bavarian specialty contains neither liver nor cheese. It's a pork, beef, and veal meatloaf with the color and consistency of bologna. Germans like to fry thick slices of it and serve them with potatoes.
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liverwurst
liverwurst
This is a family of pork liver sausages that are creamy enough to spread. One variety is braunschweiger, which is smoked liverwurst.
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mortadella
mortadella
This exquisite smoked pork sausage is similar to bologna, only it's flavored with garlic and has bits of fat and sometimes pistachios in it. It's a key ingredient in a muffaletta sandwich. Always serve it cold.
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olive loaf
olive loaf
This is like bologna, only with bits of stuffed olives embedded in it.
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pastrami
pastrami
This is beef brisket that's been seasoned and dry-cured. It's often served hot on rye bread.
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pâté
pâté
Leave it to the French to come up with this buttery rich delicacy. Goose pâté is pricier and more subtle than duck pâté, and is the best choice if you plan to serve the pâté cold. Duck pâté works best in warm dishes. Some people refuse to eat pâté de foie gras from France because the animals are force-fed to enlarge their livers.
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pepper loaf
pepper loaf
This is a pork and beef loaf that's liberally seasoned with cracked peppercorns.
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rauchfleisch
rauchfleisch
A German specialty, this is smoked beef that's normally sliced thin.
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ringwurst
ringwurst
This pork and beef sausage looks and tastes like bologna. Germans like to heat it up and serve it with potato salad or bread.
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salami
salami
This is a family of ready-to-eat sausages that are made with beef and/or pork and heavily seasoned with garlic and spices. They're often used in sandwiches or antipasto plates. Many salami, like the popular Genoa salami, are air-dried and somewhat hard. Others, like cotto salami, are cooked, which makes them softer and more perishable. Most salami are made of pork, but all-beef kosher salami are also available. In Italian, salame is the singular form and salami the plural, but Americans often talk of one salami and many salamis.
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schinkenwurst
schinkenwurst
This German cold cut consists of ham suspended in a bologna-like emulsion. It's usually served cold on sandwiches.
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soppressata
soppressata
This is a fatty Italian pork salami that's seasoned with peppercorns.
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sulze
sulze
This is made from a mixture of calves' feet or pig snouts, eggs, and other meats that's been cooked and then allowed to gel. There's no need to cook it further; the cold slices are usually served as appetizers.
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summer sausage
summer sausage
This is a family of spicy, somewhat dry pork and/or beef sausages that are great for sandwiches. They don't need to be cooked. Varieties include landjaeger and thuringer.
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teewurst
teewurst
Germans like to spread this smoky "tea sausage" on crackers or bread at teatime.
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textured sausages
textured sausages
These have chunks of meat suspended in them that form a mosaic pattern when sliced. Varieties include schinkenwurst, jagdwurst, tyroler, Ansbacher pressack, tongue sausage, and zungenwurst.
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thuringer
thuringer
This is a mild summer sausage that's made of pork and sometimes beef.
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tongue loaf
tongue loaf
Delis often stock loaves of pork, lamb, veal, or beef tongues that have been cooked, pressed, jellied, and/or smoked.
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touristenwurst
touristenwurst
This is a pork and beef soft salami ring.
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wunderwurst
This is liverwurst dotted with pistachios.
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zungenwurst
zungenwurst
This German blood sausage includes pieces of pickled tongue. It comes ready to eat, but it's often heated before serving.
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