are some fabulous #friendsofcheese
! North Country Charcuterie is based out of Columbus and work out of @jenisicecreams
former production facility. It is run by two brothers and their mom who make delicious salamis. They lovingly call themselves the salami squad. Their charcuterie is made from 95% Ohio sourced ingredients, including meat, cheese, spices, and beer. Walking through their facility, I couldn’t help but see so many parallels to cheesemaking. The meat is fermented with starter cultures just like cheese and is left to age in aging cellars. Like cheese, molds grow and flavors develop in those cellars. First picture is a layout of all of their salamis. Starting from the left upper corner and going clockwise, we have: -No 1: their original salami. It is made with @bluejacketdairy
cheese, Chardonnay, garlic, and sage. It’s got a really creamy mouthfeel to it.
-Fino: a super classic finocchiona style salami. This is a tribute to Salami Mama, who loves garlic. The fennel is sourced from @n_market_spices
-Rojizo: a Spanish chorizo inspired salami, this has a beautiful balance of heat to it. It’s got a combination of hot paprika, cayenne, and chipotle.
-Lupo: this one was my personal favorite. This was a collaboration with @wolfsridgebrewing
. This salami was made with their Dire Wolf imperial stout and Mole spices. It has a great dark and mysterious flavor to it.
-Hoguera: this is a spreadable chorizo. It’s like a Spanish take on the more well-known @laquercia
N’duja spread. It’s super silky and fiery and so good with creamy cheeses.
Not pictured: a bacon fat infused bourbon that @westeggshop
came by with that when paired with this salami, blew my freakin’ mind. #imfromagehere #ohioproud