Lunch Meat of the Week – Mortadella

November 15, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Lunch Meat of the Week | Leave a comment
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Mortadella Bologna

Mortadella (Italian pronunciation: [mortaˈdɛlla]) is a large Italian sausage or luncheon meat (salume [saˈluːme]) made of finely hashed or ground, heat-cured pork, which incorporates at least 15% small cubes of pork fat (principally the hard fat from the neck of the pig). Mortadella is a product of Bologna, Italy. It is flavored with spices, including whole or ground black pepper, myrtle berries, and pistachios.

Traditionally, the pork filling was ground to a paste using a large mortar (mortaio [morˈtaːjo]) and pestle. Two Roman funerary steles in the archaeological museum of Bologna show such mortars. Alternatively, according to Cortelazzo and Zolli Dizionario Etimologico della Lingua Italiana 1979-88, mortadella derives its name from a Roman sausage flavored with myrtle in place of pepper.

The Romans called the sausage farcimen mirtatum (myrtle sausage), because the sausage was flavored with myrtle berries, a popular spice before pepper became available to European markets. Anna Del Conte (The Gastronomy of Italy 2001) found a sausage mentioned in a document of the official body of meat preservers in Bologna dated 1376 that may be mortadella.

Mortadella originated in Bologna, the capital of Emilia-Romagna; elsewhere in Italy it may be made either in the Bolognese manner or in a distinctively local style. The mortadella of Prato is a

Mortadella Bologna IGP from Italy

Tuscan speciality flavored with pounded garlic and colored with alchermes. The mortadella of Amatrice, high in the Apennines of northern Lazio, is unusual in being lightly smoked. Because it originated in Bologna, this contributed to the naming of the American sausage meat “bologna”.

Mortadella is very popular in Spain and Portugal, where a variety with pepper and olives is widely consumed, especially in sandwiches. In eastern Spain, the standard mortadella is often referred to as mortadela italiana (Italian mortadella), to differentiate it from a local variant named catalana.

Mortadella is also very popular in Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and Venezuela, thanks to the Italian immigrants who settled in these countries in the early 20th century. In these countries it is spelled mortadela, and its recipe is quite similar to the traditional Italian, with additional pepper grains.

In Brazil, São Paulo has a very popular mortadela sandwich sold in the Mercado Municipal.

In Puerto Rico, “smoked mortadella” is sometimes confused with commercial salami, or with salami cotto, because cafeterias, panaderias, colmados, and restaurants buy the bulk of whole smoked mortadella. While salami may contain pork, beef, veal and small pieces of fat uniformly distributed within the sausage, mortadella has the traditional larger chunks not so uniformly distributed. Its diameter is much larger than that of hard salami and more closely resembles salami cotto (cooked) in size, hence the confusion of some people. It is smaller in diameter than the traditional mortadella de Bologna because the smoking process causes some shrinkage. It is best served at room temperature to bring out its rich flavor.

Mortadella with olives from Portugal

A similar commercial sausage product that omits the cubes of pork fat, called bologna, is popular in the United States. A variety that includes olives and pimento is called olive loaf.

Mortadella was banned from import into the United States from 1967 to 2000 due to an outbreak of African swine fever in Italy. This ban was a pivotal part of the plot of the 1971 film La mortadella starring Sophia Loren. The title for the United States release was Lady Liberty.

The ban in the United States was lifted due to the Veterinary Equivalency Agreement that allowed countries to export products that had been shown to be disease-free as part of an overall agreement that would allow products deemed safe in the United States to be exported to the European Union.

 

Cold Cut Trio Baked Mini Sub w/ Baked Fries

August 6, 2014 at 5:18 PM | Posted in baking, Ham, Ore - Ida, turkey | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cold Cut Trio Baked Mini Sub w/ Baked Fries

 

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Made another thing I haven’t had for Breakfast in quite a while, Waffles. I used the leftover batter from the Pancakes from yesterday, got my Waffle Griddle out and made Waffles. Then along with the Waffle I had some Jimmy Dean Applewood Smoked Chicken Sausage. If you’ve never given these a try you need to, delicious! For dinner tonight, a Cold Cut Baked Mini Sub w/ Baked Fries

 

 

 

Baked Cold Cut Trio Mini Sub 008

I used Kroger Private Selection Smoked Off the Bone Sliced Ham, Boar’s Head Honey Smoked Turkey Breast, and Kahn’s Deluxe Bologna for my Baked Mini Sub. I had picked the Turkey up while at Jungle Jim’s Market yesterday. Then I used a Meijer Wheat Mini Sub Bun. Layered the Meats on the Bun and topped it with some Kraft Reduced Fat Mayo w/ Olive Oil and Sweet Hot Stone Ground Mustard and a thin slice of Sargento Ultra Thin Swiss Cheese. I brushed some Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the top bun, which makes it brown up better. I baked it in a shallow baking pan at 400 degrees until the Cheese started to melt and the Meats were heated. I love using these Meijer Wheat Mini Sub Buns, their just the right size and they toast up fantastic! I also baked some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries, served these with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup for dipping. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Greek Yogurt.

 

 

 

 

Boar's Head HONEY SMOKED TURKEY BREAST
Boar’s Head HONEY SMOKED TURKEY BREAST
An all white turkey breast, lightly smoked and dipped in golden honey for a smoky, sweet flavor that is sure to be a favorite. Wonderful on Sourdough bread with lettuce, tomato, and our Vermont Cheddar Cheese for a lunchtime treat.

 
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 oz (56g)
Serving Per Container Varied
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 480mg 20%
Potassium 190mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 2g
Protein 13g 25%

 

http://boarshead.com/products/turkey/958-honey-smoked-turkey-breast-skinless

Love Breakfast!

July 2, 2014 at 7:40 AM | Posted in breakfast, Eggs | Leave a comment
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I love Breakfast and the early mornings! It’s the quietest part of the day and the beginning of a new day, full of hope and surprises. I like starting off with Breakfast and one of my favorites is making a Breakfast Sandwich. There’s endless toppings and ingredients you can use to make one. I made one this morning consisting of a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin, Scrambled Egg (1 Egg), and Fried Kahn’s Deluxe Bologna (Sliced Thin). I use a Medium Size Egg (it’s only 60 calories) and season it with a splash of 2% Milk (to make the Egg fluffier), a sprinkle of Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar, and Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. I get the Bologna sliced very thin. I find that when you get it sliced thin it fries up better, it gives it a nice char on the outside. Put all the ingredients together and you have a delicious and healthy way to start your day, along with a cup of fresh brewed Bigelow Decaf Green Tea.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 3 Comments
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If you like cold cuts ask the folks at the deli counter if there’s a discount for “bulk ends.” These end bits are too small to slice in the machine, but can be sliced or cubed at home. They’re often offered at half off!

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