Diner’s Dictionary: Italian Speck

March 13, 2015 1:34 PM

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Diner’s Dictionary: Italian Speck

What is it? Speck is an Italian type of cured meat, or salumi, that is smoked and tastes similar to American bacon. But speck comes from hog legs, while bacon is from pork belly.

To make speck, a cut of meat is seasoned with salt, pepper, juniper berries and other spices and left to cure for a month before being smoked for several days then aged again for months. Speck is often served sliced thin or diced but can also be used to cook with, easily replacing bacon or as a smok...

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