Salami is best known as part of a selection of antipasti or a sandwich ingredient, but there are creative ways to use it in a variety of dishes, as well.

Cherylptw slices salami super-thin and lays it on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then bakes it at 350 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes, until it crisps. Blot with paper towels and allow to cool, then eat as a snack or use as the base for antipasti salads (Cheryl likes chopped roasted red pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil).

When fresh favas are in season, JoanN makes a favorite antipasto salad of raw favas, salami, mint, and Manchego cheese.

More ideas: Add salami to scrambled eggs or frittatas; try CHOW’s Omelet with Ricotta and Salami; add to bread dough; add to minestrone or a fresh tomato sauce for pasta.

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