Humans have been preserving food since prehistoric and ancient times. Salting and drying, and curing meats are some of the most common preservation methods. Ham is one of the most delicious preserved meats. It was once a prized delicacy reserved for nobles and elites. But it has been more accessible to the common people. In fact, Iberico ham from Spain is one of the most famous hams in the world.
Deli meats also called luncheon meats or cold cuts are ready-to-eat meats typically served as sandwiches or on their own. The beauty of deli meats comes from all the unique recipes passed from generations. Prosciutto, corned beef, roast beef, bacon, bologna, pastrami, and salami are some examples of deli meats.
Different types of wine, nuts, dried fruits, and cheeses, are often paired with hams and deli meats in elaborately prepared charcuterie boards and foraging tables in both casual and formal settings.
We hope your mouth is watering just by imagining the savory hams and deli meats. Find the best artisan-made hams and the best delis in the Lone Star State at the TexasRealFood Promptuary.