DIY Deli Meats: 9 Recipes to Make at Home

DIY Deli Meats: 9 Recipes to Make at Home

Emma Christensen
Apr 13, 2011

Don't like those plastic-packaged, mass-produced logs of deli meat that they sell at the grocery stores? Me neither. I'm thinking of trying my hand at some deli-style roast beef or even homemade bologna, starting with these recipes.

1. Perfect Roast Beef from Saveur - This slow-cooked roast beef seems like one of the easiest ways to ease into making our own deli meat.

2. Weekend Pot Roast from The Kitchn - This crock-pot version of roast beef is an even easier way to make your own sandwich meat.

3. Paté de Campagne from Bon Appétit - Traditionally served as an appetizer, this paté would also make an excellent sandwich spread.

4. Duck Prosciutto from Michael Ruhlman - Based on his recipe from Ratio, using duck breasts is a less labor- and time-intensive way of play with homemade prosciutto.

5. Big Daddy's Homemade Pastrami from The Food Network - A good recipe to make on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and we'd enjoy it all week long!

6. Homemade Salami from Just a Pinch - This isn't cured for long storage like traditional salami, but we have no doubt it makes a mean sandwich.

7. Homemade Chicken "Ham" from Just Bento - A very interesting Japanese cooking method gives chicken a similar texture to cold-cut deli meat.

8. Real Homemade Bologna from All Recipes - This recipe sounds closer to salami than the bologna we see in the cases, but delicious all the same.

9. Baked Country Ham from Leite's Culinaria - And finally, thin-sliced ham the way it should be.

Have you ever tried making your own lunch meat?

Related: Lunch at Work: How Do You Keep Your Sandwiches from Becoming Soggy?

(Images: Misha Gravenor/Bon Appétit and Todd Coleman/Saveur)

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