Sizzle that Bologna! 10 Ways to Rev Up Deli Meat

Many deli meats are done over and over again. Sometimes, these recipes look all the same, and then making people grow tired of deli meats all together. When everybody just puts ham in between cheese, mayonnaise and two pieces of bread, even at the classiest deli, a ham sandwich gets old.

Casting a little creativity on your deli meat can be fun and exciting. It will bring adventure to you as you are cooking it, and make your meals spicy. These recipes will make entertaining more enjoyable as well.

 Caribbean Chicken Salad

A fresh take on the fruit and chicken salad, this recipe requires sliced bananas, apples, oranges, coconut flakes, cashews and celery. Add two cups of chicken white meat, sour cream and sugar, and you will find a fresh mouthful of assorted fruits and crunchy celery in sugar and cream. The classic chicken salad becomes a sweet toss-up with fruit. This salad gets a big meal and dessert in one and only takes 30 minutes to set up.

Deli Antipasto Toss

If you desire more of greens and deli meats and less of the bread, this is the formula for you. This salad requires roughly chopped lettuce, salami, ham, turkey and cubes of Provolone cheese. These deli meats and cheese tastes great with dark olives, grape tomatoes and Italian dressing. If you feel like balancing the taste with bread, try with fresh garlic bread and bring the full deli meat experience.

Italian Beef and Pepperoni Soup


Pepperoni is not just found in pizza or sandwiches. This salty sausage is perfect with beef and soup with a tomato paste base. This is a scrumptious recipe with loads of garlic and onions, green peppercorns, fresh basil and marjoram, and simmered in chicken broth. The rich flavor or ground beef compliments pepperoni and is great with Parmesan cheese.

Asian Lettuce Wrap

Got a lot of deli meats left over? An alternative to the usual sandwich is to wrap it in lettuce Asian style. Saute garlic and onions and ground up deli meat in hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and peanuts. Layer the mixture on top of a lettuce leaf and put sliced carrots. Roll into a wrap and enjoy.

Turkey Burger with Goat Cheese and Spinach

Turkey fillet isn’t just for sandwiches and wraps. A turkey fillet can be ground up and made into a burger patty, put on a burger bun with a generous heap of spinach, red onions, goat cheese and mayonnaise and brown mustard. This is a nutritious burger is tasty and a little tangy, but scrumptious all the same.

Salami Mozzarella Calzone

Prepare pizza crust and lather with olive oil. Put in layers of tomato sauce, garlic, onions, peppers and salami and sprinkle with lemon zest. Cover with another pizza crust and top with lots of mozzarella cheese.This is a yummy alternative to cooking salami and tastes great with loads of cheese.

Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto

Get hold of one asparagus stalk and wrap in prosciutto. Spray grill pan with olive oil and preheat. This recipe is so simple that it takes away all the painstaking effort of cooking dinner while letting in all the juiciness of prosciutto and the crunchiness of asparagus.

Antipasti Platter with Baked Ricotta

Prepare pieces of salami, prosciutto, bacon, zucchini and tomatoes. Place on a charcoal grill. While grilling, toss in ricotta cheese, olive oil and garlic and bake. The ricotta cheese makes a great dip for the grilled meats. Put these on top of fresh focaccia bread and you can have a flavorful open faced sandwich.

Hungarian Sausage Stew with Ale

When Hungarian sausage, bacon and ground beef are sautéed in yellow peppers, onions, garlic and beef broth and beer, the stew become a sweet and salty combination of flavors. Season with salt and paprika. This is a stew that you can keep for three days and great to reheat and eaten with ciabatta. The spicy taste of Hungarian sausage and salty bacon will make your dinners exciting.

Southwestern Steak Salad

Craving for steak, but can’t afford to consume all those calories? Try grilling skirt steak and put pieces of it along a pile of lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes. Then put lime juice, olive oil, honey and chipotle chilies. The juices of the steak will ooze out while you are tossing.This salad is lightweight and adds the sweet and spicy flavors all in one bowl, and only takes 20 minutes to prepare.

Whatever the occasion and recipe, there are so many delicious and creative ways to cook with deli meats. The best deli meats are available at Publix or Safeway, which are surely packed fresh and safe from harmful preservatives. Get more out of your deli meats by being more adventurous in the kitchen.