I thought I'd bring up a discussion on deli meats that are really a cut above the normal items you may find in the grocery store.
Now I'm not actually a big deli meat person. I've always found that flavor and textures are lacking in many deli items. No matter if it's some thinly sliced meats or deli cheeses...no flavor!
Now, although I'm not a deli person i do enjoy Boar's Head products. No matter what you buy...it's full of flavor...great texture...chicken taste like chicken and turkey taste like turkey. It really is a treat. Hmmm, maybe I am a deli meat person after all ;)
But setting even Boar's Head products aside. Have you found any cuts of deli meats that are really a cut above...even Boar's Head, Jamon Serrano, Prosciutto di Parma, etc.
Here are some of my favorites that I've found so far in the Chicago area, not in any particular order.
Petit Jesu - a nice salami product with great depth and oils that remind you of a certain black pig. I have noticed some inconsistencies with it. But still pretty darn tasty! Be sure to get it sliced thin.
Centimpalo Salamanca, Spain - A real nice eating Chorizo with good flavors.
Prosciutto di Parma Pio Tosini - Wow...this is really so delicate...so deep...so full flavored and irresistible. Right now (for me) this is second only to Iberico Bellota.
Jamon Iberico - I still think that if you have the chance to try regular Iberico side by side with Bellota don't pass up the opportunity. It no slouch! It also taste different enough from bellota that it warrants a try.
Jamon Iberico Bellota - I obsess about it's flavors, really. I wonder if it came out of popularity if the price would drop? I will either get a leg or partial leg at some point. I only wish I could find a reputable source that would have a little bit of a price break. Someday!
What are your favorites? Where are they available?