I was at at a cheese and salumeria place and bought some discounted cured meat “ends,” including a chunk of what they called sweet cotto. I asked if it was actually sweet (which I don’t like), but they said that was just to distinguish it from spicy cotto. Anyway, I’m curious how this ingredient is used. Thanks!
Cotto is a type of ham. Sliced for sandwiches, diced for soup, omelets, topping pasta or pizza.
Sweet usually means the addition of fennel to the salami.
This I did not know!
Thanks for your post.
It happens that the episode of Lidia’s Kitchen two days ago included her dicing it for a sauce, and explaining that it is ham, although I have always seen it sold as salame. She said that if you are shopping at an Italian market and want ham, ask for cotto. Wikipedia says it is a cured, fermented salame of beef or pork.
I appreciate the replies! Also, thanks to greygarious for mentioning a Lidia’s Kitchen show which I was not aware of–I looked into it, and it is on PBS (for USA people; not sure about elsewhere). I have seen Lidia on YouTube and found her to be very worthy.