• Slavonski kulen from Lincoln Quality Meat Market

I admit, the Balkan cured salami known as kulen first caught my eye because of its bulbous, knobby shape, which made it look something like a malignant tumor sitting in the meat case. I found it first at Lincoln Quality Meat Market under the name slavonski kulen and imported, via New York, from Croatia. It’s a tangy, bright red pork-and-beef cured sausage emulsified with lots of paprika, not unlike a good hot soppressata. Over a period of a couple of weeks I probably ate my way through three pounds of it.