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National Cold Cuts Day

Roast Beef Sandwiches White Bean Salad

Cold cuts are precooked sausages or meat loaves that are usually served cold in sandwiches or on party trays.  You can buy them already sliced in vacuum packs, or have them sliced to order at a deli counter.  Most cold cuts are high in fat and sodium.

Five Fun Facts:

  1. Cold cuts also may be known as lunch meats, luncheon meats, sandwich meats, cooked meats, sliced meats, cold meats and deli meats.
  2. The Spanish word for cold cut, fiambre, is used in Latin American street slang to refer to a dead body.
  3. In Guatemala, a cold cut is a traditional dish eaten in November. It is eaten the first and second day of the month to celebrate "El día de Todos los Santos" and "El día de Todos los Difuntos". There are two types: red and white.
  4. Turkey pastrami and turkey salami are more healthful choices than beef varieties -- and they have similar flavor.
  5. Most deli-style meats fall into the cold-cut category, including bologna, turkey, salami, pastrami, corned beef and roast beef. Some of these are traditionally high in fat. But as with other high-fat foods, manufacturers have found ways to offer lower-fat versions.

Five Cold Cut Recipes:

  1. Deli Roll- Jamie says: I never heard of deli rolls until I hit the kosher Shabbos scene. It was apparent that everyone I visited knew how to make them. So I figured I'd better learn if I wanted to be really kosher. I found out later that the dish has no real connection to Judaism, no mystical powers or deep significance. It just seems to have become a Shabbos standard in many homes. For a hint of sweetness, brush the deli roll with duck sauce instead of egg.
  2. Deli Roll Pinwheels with Chopped Salad- Lighten up the traditional deli roll by making these healthy pinwheels. Loaded with flavor and whole grain they are a filling lunch or dinner served with an Italian inspired chopped salad.
  3. Turkey Sandwich with Pickled Red Onions- perfect for a school lunch or a summer picnic!
  4. Roast Beef Sandwiches with White Bean Salad- A hearty sandwich, sure to please.
  5. Chicken Pastrami Rolls - The perfect combo of chicken and deli, with a crunchy bite.

Nutritional information for 26 g slice of beef salami:

Calories:   68
Fat: 6 g
Carbohydrates: .5  g
Cholesterol: 18 mg
Sodium: 296 mg
Protein: 3  g