Meat Glue Week: Deli Roll

The more I work with meat glue, the more I realize how crazy it is and how limited my imagination seems to be. The other day I was at the grocery store, wondering what to glue, when Mike suggested deli meat. I figured, deli meat is already made with meat glue, so why not? We thought about layering and then cubing, but ultimately ended up rolling everything like a Swiss meat roll.

It wasn’t until after the roll was sliced up, eaten, and I was sitting down to write this post when I Googled deli roll. Deli roll is a real dish! Deli rolls are usually eaten at Shabbat meals. From what I can tell, it’s deli meat and mustard, rolled up and baked in puff pastry.

I didn’t roll my deli roll in puff pastry, but there was a whole lot of meat rolling going on. If I were ever to make deli roll again – and I might, it was pretty good – I’ll definitely use thinner slices of meat. I didn’t want paper thin shavings, so I asked the deli dude if he could cut thicker slices for me, but he was a bit over zealous with the thickness.

You could really see the layers of deli meats, thanks to the thick slices, but thinner slices would have a more delicate taste. I ended up using roast beef, corned beef, Parisian ham and Tuscany ham. To be honest, I didn’t choose the meats based on how well they would compliment each other. No, I chose them superficially based on colour.

The deli roll was pretty and it tasted like, deli meat. It’s great in a sandwich and as a cute addition to a charcuterie plate. We quite a lot of left over deli roll in the fridge which means one of two things: more sandwiches or mixed deli meat fried rice.

15 Comments add yours

  1. I wonder if you can glue some form of surf and turf together?

    Just a thought.

    That would be a great way to use those little shrimp. They cost less but don’t have that satisfying chew. Or pieces of smoked fist.

    Shrimp roll!

    steph on May 17th, 2010 at 10:05 am
    Andy on May 14th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Now that it’s barbeque season, I think surf and turf will be in the future!

    steph on May 17th, 2010 at 10:04 am
  2. The puff pastry – and fortunately Whole Foods carries one made with butter – sounds like the right touch of decadence.

    I like that surf and turf idea. Layers of rich beef on the outside to get seared, fish in the middle, protected from the intense heat.

  3. SO you bought a package of Transglutaminase?

    I requested and received a sample package.

    steph on May 17th, 2010 at 10:05 am
    Johnny Lee on May 15, 2010 at 12:53 am
  4. Lol awesome! Your meat glue posts make me laugh. There’s just something about the words, “meat glue”! You’re really creative with it so far. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

    When I first read about meat glue, I laughed too!

    steph on May 17th, 2010 at 10:10 am
  5. I like your cutting board!

    Thanks! It’s a Martha Stewart one from Macy’s.

    steph on May 17th, 2010 at 10:49 am
  6. this looks fantastic!!!! very creative!

    Thanks! We ate a lot of deli roll sandwiches after making this…

    steph on May 17th, 2010 at 10:50 am
  7. Cute cutting board!!

    I love it too! I really want to start an animal cutting board collection…

    steph on May 17th, 2010 at 10:50 am
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