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Salami Jerky Snack

By Catherine Newman 

Makes: 4 servings

Total carbohydrates: 1 gram

Hands-on time: 1 minute

Total time: 15 minutes 

I initially called these salami chips, but the truth is that they’re more crispy-chewy than straight-up crisp: kind of like beef jerky – and just as addictively, salty, meaty, and delicious. Plus, one serving has about 6 grams of protein, which is pretty good. You will make some for your kids’ (or your own) lunchbox, but then you will eat them all and you will have to make some more. Be sure to experiment with different kinds of salami to figure out what you like best.

Ingredients

4 ounces thinly sliced salami (ideally something Italian and/or dry-ish)

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup.

  2. Arrange the salami on the sheet so that it’s not overlapping, and bake until it’s just barely beginning to brown and the edges are curling up, around 12-15 minutes.

  3. Cool on a paper-towel lined plate, then blot with another paper towel. Eat right away (I like to dip them in a blob of yellow mustard), or store the cooled chips in a zipper-lock bag in the refrigerator. You should keep them in the fridge, but also know that it’s fine to keep them at room temperature for a couple hours, if you’re bringing them to snack on at work or school.

Variation: I’m lazy, so I mostly make these in the microwave, but it’s kind of a trial-and- error proposition: Arrange non-overlapping slices of salami on a paper towel on a plate (I do about 4 at a time), cover with another paper towel, and microwave until the salami just starting to brown, around 30-45 seconds. The chips will crisp more as they cool.

About Catherine

Catherine loves to write about food and feeding people. In addition to her recipe and parenting blog Ben & Birdy (which has about 15,000 weekly readers), she edits the ChopChop series of mission-driven cooking magazines. This kids’ cooking magazine won the James Beard Publication of the Year award in 2013 – the first non-profit ever to win it – and a Parents’ Choice Gold Award. Last year they started the WIC version of the magazine for families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and are currently developing Seasoned, their senior version, commissioned by the AARP. They distribute over a million magazines annually, through paid subscriptions, doctor’s offices, schools, and hospitals. Their mission started with obesity as its explicit focus – and has shifted, over the years, to a more holistic one, with health and happiness at its core. That’s the same vibe Catherine brings to the diaTribe column.

[Photo Credit: Catherine Newman]

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