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We hope you remember that legendary dreamland which is Ukraine? One of the most famous traditional Ukrainian appetizers is salo Рsomething Ukrainians are proud of. It tastes good with brown bread, some mustard and horseradish. Some pickles on the top are also good! Sounds weird? No way! Try it Рit takes only  (yup, only) two weeks until salo is done but the taste is incredible and not comparable to anything else.

Prep: 15 mins

Total: 2 weeks

Servings: 4


  • 12 oz pork fatback
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 bulb garlic


  1. Wash fatback and cut it into two large pieces.
  2. Mix together all the spices and salt.
  3. Peel garlic and cut it into thick stripes.
  4. Make some holes in fatback. They should be deep enough to stuff them with garlic.
  5. Roll fatback in spiced salt generously. It should be all covered with salt.
  6. Put fatback in some dish and press it with some heave stuff you have – a brick, a piece of wood or a rock. You know, every housewife has such things.
  7. Keep it in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Cut it in thin slices. Traditionally, it’s eaten with brown bread, some mustard and horseradish on the top. It tastes even better with Ukrainian borsch (another masterpiece!) which we highly recommend you to try. And, if you like it really spicy, salo is considered to be one of the best appetizers for a vodka shot.