When I was pregnant with my first son, there were a few foods that I craved. One of them was salami. Just about every day for lunch I would eat a salami sandwich with pepperoncini and provolone cheese. Looking back, I’m certain this contributed to my cankles as I had tons of swelling leading up to his birth. Thanks, sodium. Luckily I also craved strawberries and I only ended up gaining about 25 pounds. But I still love salami although I eat it way less now. I have tried making Baked Salami Chips in the past and I didn’t nail it. So I thought I would revisit it and see if I could come up with something better. I did! These Baked Salami Chips are probably the easiest party appetizer ever.My grandma used to make salami and pepperoncini sandwiches for us and that is, I’m sure, where I got the idea for my pregnancy sandwiches from. She used to bake the sandwiches making the salami warm and delicious. They didn’t get crispy, though, because she would wrap the sandwiches in aluminum foil before baking them to not dry them out. So what happens to salami when it does dry out? It gets super crisp, like a chip and they become addicting.
I picked up a package of salami at the store and didn’t have to worry about slicing it myself. I am not a salami expert, so there might be another type of salami that might be best suited to be turned in to a chip. This time I grabbed Genoa but I think this idea might also be super tasty with black pepper salami. This package had 12 slices in it so if you were going to make these for a party, you may want to pick up another 1-2 packages.
All I did was lay the salami flat on a cookie sheet on top of a layer of parchment paper. I made sure to cook them until really crispy. If they don’t crisp up enough they get kind of chewy. These Baked Salami Chips were crisp and crunchy. They are super savory and really salty. I’m thinking the sweetness of the peach preserves, that I tried in my previous attempt, might help cut down on the saltiness. But they weren’t so salty that I stopped eating this whole batch…These would be a fun addition to a charcuterie board when you are entertaining. They are totally unexpected and would be AMAZING with cheese!
- 1 package (12 slices) Genoa salami
- Place parchment paper on two baking sheets.
- Separate the salami slices between the two sheets.
- Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
- Edges should be crispy and starting to curl.
- Move salami to a rack to cool.
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