National Cold Cuts Day – Vintage Style!

Today, March 3rd, is National Cold Cuts Day. It’s a great excuse to have a few friends over for drinks and a snack!

Cold cuts are precooked or cured meat. Some people call them sandwich meats, deli meats, or lunch meats. No matter what you call them, cold cuts make tasty sandwiches, and fun cheese and meat platters that you can share with friends. 

Types of Cold Cuts

Here is a short list of some of the cold cuts that you might be familiar with:

  • Prosciutto
  • Salami
  • Braunschweiger
  • Liverwurst
  • Summer Sausage
  • Pepperoni
  • Bresaola
  • Corned Beef
  • Head Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Roast Beef
  • Pastrami
  • Mortadella
  • Dutch Loaf
  • Basturma
  • Bierwurst
  • Bologna
  • Olive Loaf
  • Plockwurst
  • Soppressata
  • Zungenwurst
  • Thuringer

Vintage Magazine Ads for Cold Cuts

Cold cuts have been popular for many years. They have been served at luncheons and dinners. Made into sandwiches and packed in school lunch boxes. They have been served as appetizers at cocktail parties and other social gatherings.  And they make a darn good late night sandwich… just ask Dagwood Bumstead! 😉 Here are some vintage magazine ads featuring cold cuts:

TIP: Click on an ad you like (once to view the ad on a separate page, then click again to enlarge the ad), then print it on a color printer. Laminate the ads and use them as placements at your next gathering – they are sure to be a hit!

Meat and Cheese Snack Platter

Cold cut platters were not just your Mother’s idea of a party! Here’s a modern day snack platter that makes all those cold cuts look pretty darn good!

And, since you’ll be serving cold cuts at your next party, you’ll need something to serve them on. Don’t forget the cheese and crackers…

What are your favorite cold cuts? Share in a comment below!

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  1. I love liverwurst sandwiches with mayo and thinly sliced onion and indulge once or twice a year. Funny, I HATE liver except pate. I also have in my head making a giant Dagwood Sandwich with potato chips and a pickle! Thanks for slicing up this bit of culinary history!

  2. This can make for an easy dinner tonight.
    When I read your title I flashed to pepperoni sandwiches we would make for our drive from PA to Fl!
    Good times

  3. You make cold cuts look good, JD.

    Thanks for the reminder of a Midwestern dish my husband & Mom both love – “Presbyterian funeral sandwiches”. It’s nothing more than bologna ground up with onions and pickles drenched in mayonnaise and served on rye. Named for the obvious reason,

    I’m not a fan but they both are so I just added bologna to my shopping list. I’ll tell them their lunch treat was your idea. 🙂

  4. appetizer mouse picks just the cutest! While I shy away from any meat in a tube I cannot deny that my occasional guilty pleasure are several slices of uncured peppered italian salami on a baguette.

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