Salami vs. Pepperoni - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Salami and Pepperoni is that the Salami is a cured sausage, fermented and air-dried meat and Pepperoni is a American variety of salami, usually made from cured pork and beef mixed together.

Wikipedia

  • Salami

    Salami (singular salame) is a type of cured sausage consisting of fermented and air-dried meat, typically beef or pork. Historically, salami was popular among southern and central European peasants because it stores at room temperature for up to 40 days once cut, supplementing a potentially meager or inconsistent supply of fresh meat. Countries and regions across Europe make their own traditional varieties of salami.

  • Pepperoni

    Pepperoni (also known as pepperoni sausage) is an American variety of salami, made from cured pork and beef mixed together and seasoned with paprika or other chili pepper.Pepperoni is characteristically soft, slightly smoky, and bright red in color. Thinly sliced pepperoni is a popular pizza topping in American-style pizzerias and is used as filling in the West Virginia pepperoni roll.

Wiktionary

  • Salami (noun)

    A large cured meat sausage of Italian origin, served in slices.

  • Salami (noun)

    A grand slam.

  • Salami (noun)

    A penis.

  • Pepperoni (noun)

    A spicy Italian-American sausage.

  • Pepperoni (noun)

    Pizza with pepperoni on it.

    "Yo Tony, gimme a slice of pepperoni and a coke."

Webster Dictionary

  • Pepperoni (noun)

    a hard sausage of beef and pork, highly seasoned.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Salami (noun)

    highly seasoned fatty sausage of pork and beef usually dried

  • Pepperoni (noun)

    a pork and beef sausage (or a thin slice of this sausage)

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