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Salami Crisps with Tarragon Dipping Sauce

salami crisps

Well, hello! I know it’s been a while but you see, I’ve been working toward a big promotion at work. I’ll spare you the details because they’re boring and nerdy but this month was the end of it all. I got promoted! And immediately got out of town!

Jon and I packed up and headed to the Outer Banks. I couldn’t wait to get to the beach house and hear the ocean. It’s about 5 hours from our house. We had a nice trip down. So much to talk about. My favorite conversation went something like this…about 4 hours into the trip. You have the key card for the gate entrance, right? Yes, Jon. Duh. And the keys to the house? Oh my God. You’re kidding. No. No, I’m not. I don’t have the keys…happy vacation?! So we could get into the gated community, but not the house. We debated back tracking and staying at a friend’s house, we called hotels, we searched for a hidden spare key but no luck. Did I mention it was midnight? So, we parked it in the driveway and said a prayer the neighbors wouldn’t call the cops. We totally slept in the car. Me in the backseat. Jon in the trunk. Welcome to Hotel Honda, where memories are made.

ALL of our stuff in the front so we could make our “beds.”

Yeah, that’s me with my beach towel blanket and golf shirt stack pillow.

That’s Jon looking quite cozy.

It was truly hilarious. Jon snored while I laughed, wondering how he could actually be asleep. I also wondered if we were going to suffocate. I googled how to safely sleep in your car. I did. Seriously. I’m ridiculous. I know. The site I found assured me we’d be fine but suggested a tarp to avoid onlookers. But I sort of wanted someone to see us. Someone with a spare bed. Needless to say, we didn’t get much sleep. But the next morning actually came quickly and we were able to get in. Vacation began. I unplugged and recharged. I didn’t blog. I wasn’t on Facebook or Twitter much at all. Instead I listened to the waves, made a permanent body indentation in a pool raft, had wine with friends, ate crab legs, and of course, spent a fair amount of time in the kitchen.

I made hummus and bean salad. I made beer soaked fries, cookie dough balls and these salami crisps. Fancy, right? I thought so, but my friends and husband decided to call me out. Salami crisps? They’re meat chips. “Meat chips” is the worst name ever. I think that sounds disgusting but call them whatever you’d like. I saw you crumbling “meat chips” on your eggs for breakfast and your salad for lunch. What’s that on your sandwich? A “meat chip?” I thought so. I see you going back for more crispy salami chip-shaped meat. You better save me some….or you’re sleeping in the car tonight. Salami Crisps with Tarragon Dipping Sauce (adapted from Real Simple Magazine) Ingredients: 1lb Genoa Salami, as thinly sliced as you can get without it falling apart 1/4 cup sour cream (I used light sour cream) 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped Salt and pepper to taste Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Arrange slices of salami in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet (or broiling pan). Bake until crisp. About 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of
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  2. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, mustard and tarragon. Mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the crisps for dipping.


  1. I tried these first by slicing a log of hard salami. I couldn’t slice it thin enough and so they never got crispy. I tried again with Applegate Farms Genoa Salami from the deli and it worked perfectly. I imagine most thinly sliced meat would work.
  2. The kitchen got a bit smoky, so be sure to turn on the fan.
  3. They are REALLY light and delicate. So light I didn’t even notice I had salami shoe until much later. Embarrassing.

74 thoughts on “Salami Crisps with Tarragon Dipping Sauce

  1. Congrats on the promotion. Love the idea of salami chips with dip. Oh, come on, I know you were really baiting for crabs. :-)

  2. Wife gets mad at husband, makes him sleep on the couch. Wife gets REALLY mad at husband, makes him sleep in the trunk of the car. Wife makes meat chips…mmm…meat.

  3. I’d normally avoid reading a blog post about meat, but this one was hilarious. Congratulations on your promotion! Miss you!!!!

  4. My husband would totally go for meat chips:-) kale chips- not so much but meat chips- definitely! These actually look really tastey and I could make the sauce using my dairy free sour cream:-)
    Sorry your vacation started out rough- but it did have me laughing! We were just down at the OBX too- luckily the rental company had our key because I don’t think sleeping in a mini van with 4 kids would have been an option for us:-)

    • We actually said we were so glad it was just the two of us because there was NO room for anyone or anything else. It all ended well.

  5. OH MY GOSH! I read your tweets at the time, but reading it here and seeing the photos really brought the Honda Hotel story to life :)

    So glad you were able laugh about it later!

    • Haha. Yeah, we both laughed about it a lot. There will always be the “Remember when we slept in the car” story.

  6. OMG that is way too funny not to share with everyone. Brings back memories of my youth!!!

  7. Mom: this is a rated G blog, please keep your youth memories/stories to yourself (and the guys they involved)! Kris: Loved the story, wish I lived closer so you had another option! hope we can get together soon!

  8. Just found your blog today. I have to say, as someone who loves salami in any form, I am shocked that I hadn’t yet thought of this! Yay, meat! So glad you posted this. The dip sounds fantastic, too.

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  10. I make pepperoni chips in the microwave. The kids love them! We just discovered my 12yo daughter is gluten sensitive so i’m sure we will make them even more often now! Love salami will have to give it a shot too!

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Posted on July 28, 2011

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