Bônet (Piemonte Chocolate Pudding)

A Piemonte easy delicious dessert considered a great, and very traditional, ending meal for dinner and festive meals, like Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving.

The Bônet (booh-net), also written as bunet or bonet, but pronounced the same way, is one of the must of traditional Piemonte cuisine.

A Piemonte easy delicious dessert considered a great, and very traditional, ending meal for dinner and festive meals, like Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving.
The one I publish here is the old recipe of the ancient delicious Piemonte chocolate pudding. As for bagna cauda and other regional dishes there are many variations, almost one for each family.
For example, in many families bônet is prepared without cocoa and coffee, and with the add of vanilla. A sort of pudding Piemonte style but with the addition of rum and Marsala wine and ladyfingers biscuits.
The word bônet means cap, and refers to the shape of the mold used often – circular, with a depression in the middle – reminiscent of the headgear used in the past by the farmers in the region. I also suggest that its name originates from the word bonnet, that in many languages in the past meant headgear.

Bônet is made with simply and very popular ingredients here in Piemonte: milk, eggs, sugar (I use the raw brown, that is much more healthy), cocoa, ladyfingers biscuits, amaretti biscuits, rum and Marsala.

About ladyfingers biscuits, preparing this recipe I discovered that are biscuits spread everywhere in the world and that in each country have different name. In Italy ladyfingers are called Savoiardi: literally “from Savoia family”.

The preparation is so easy and quick that could really be called as a great basic unmissable recipe in every cookbook family.

You can pour the mixture for cooking in a round pudding mold but in Piemonte has become popular to bake it in a rectangular, plumcake style mold.

Bonet Piemonte Chocolate Pudding

In Piemonte we prepare it as 5 minutes dessert but it is considered a great, and very traditional, ending meal for dinner and festive meals, like Christmas’s eve, New Year’s eve. For this reason I think could be a delicious try for an American Thanksgiving or other festive day around the world.

 

Bônet (Piemonte Chocolate Pudding)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 35 fl.oz. of whole milk
  • 3.5 oz. ladyfingers
  • 1 small cup of Italian espresso
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons of rum
  • 2 tablespoons of Marsala
  • 4.5 oz. amaretti biscuits
  • 2 oz. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 7 oz. of brown sugar
  • 5 eggs

Instructions

  1. Boil the milk and let it cool
  2. Cramble the Ladyfingers and amaretti biscuits
  3. Pour into the milk the crambled biscuits, espresso coffee and instant coffee
  4. In a very large bowl put the eggs, the brown sugar, cocoa and mix them together for a few minutes until you have a mixture smooth and creamy
  5. Combine the two mixtures and add the Marsala and the rum
  6. Pour in caramelized pudding mold (see how to caramelize a pudding mold on budino recipe)
  7. Bake the bônet in a preheated oven at ca. 350°F for about 40 minutes
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A Piemonte easy delicious dessert considered a great, and very traditional, ending meal for dinner and festive meals, like Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving.

Budino Piemonte Pudding

Budino Piemonte Pudding

Budino Piemonte Pudding

The Budino (boo-dee-no) Piemontese or Piemonte pudding is one of those basic desserts of Piedmontese cuisine, never missed at the end of a good meal or a snack.
I can still remember the smell of budino baking on the stove in my grandmother’s house. It was prepared once for the whole week. My grandmother was used to prepare it for my snacks.

She always said that milk, sugar and eggs were the best nourishment for two legs always in a hurry as those of the children. Today, cow’s milk is a food particularly controversial, but for me the taste of the pudding is a reminiscent of my childhood, and is just like the warm embrace of my grandmother after I peeled a knee in the backyard.

Budino Piemonte Pudding

 

It’s not a secret, for me, cooking and food are therapeutic. So this pudding, made of simple and ancient foods is still a great “friend” who comforts me at the end of the most difficult days.

It’s a vanilla pudding with the addition of an ingredient used in the preparation of Piemonte desserts: the amaretti biscuits.

If you are looking for something simple but delicious and impressive for a family dinner or for some festivity try to prepare it. The amaretti biscuits are essential, if you do not find them try adding chopped hazelnuts and walnuts. The taste is not the same, but they are ingredients that were used to enrich the puddings in the homes of the peasants of Piedmont.

Budino Piemonte Pudding

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6

Budino Piemonte Pudding

Ingredients

  • 35 fl.oz. whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon of natural vanilla powder
  • 12 oz. sugar (I've used raw brown sugar)
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon of Rum
  • 6 amaretti biscuits

Instructions

  1. In a pot pour milk, 3.5 oz. of sugar and vanilla. Put on the stove and warm but not boil, stirring occasionally
  2. As soon as the milk is hot remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, pour the remaining 8.5 oz. of sugar and eggs.
  4. Blend with an electric mixer until creamy smooth and homogeneous
  5. As soon as the cream is smooth add the amaretti biscuits crumbled with hands and rum
  6. Combine milk cream eggs and sugar, mix well with an electric mixer
  7. Take a pudding mold pour 3 or 4 tablespoons of sugar and put it on low heat to caramelize
  8. When the sugar has become caramel spread on the walls of the mold by moving over the flame
  9. Pour the mixture into the pudding mold or into many little molds by 1 portion each, and put in a preheated oven at about 380° F and bake for about 30-40 minutes (if you are using little molds cooking time is halved)
  10. Once cooked remove from the oven and let cool completely. As soon as the pudding reach the room temperature put in fridge.
  11. Before serving overthrow the pudding on a serving platter and serve cut into slices with some typical dry biscuit, such as meliga cookies.
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Budino Piemonte Pudding

 

Peperoni in Brusco (Piemonte Sour Peppers)

Peperoni in Brusco (Piemonte Sour Peppers)

Peperoni in Brusco (Piemonte Sour Peppers)

Peperoni in Brusco is a very common dish, particularly common in the southern Piedmont: Asti, Langhe, Monferrato, Cuneo.
It is a dish served at room temperature as an appetizer, before the abundant meals for which the Piedmontese are famous.
The Piemonte Sour Peppers combine all ingredients typical of this land:

  • peppers, loved and consumed diffusely in Piemonte, arrived here thanks to the trade of the seventeenth century and, since then, have become an integral part of the local diet. Carmagnola, a small town near Turin, is famous for their variety of peppers, also celebrated in a famous fair which is held every year in late spring
  • anchovies, food symbol of Piemonte cuisine, an essential ingredient of the dish symbol of Piemonte bagna cauda and also a food rich in tradition and history in this land.
  • the flavors of the basil and parsley as reminiscent of peasant origin in many dishes that literally born in the gardens of a poor and dirt poor Piemonte, austere and “sabaudo” (from the Savoy Family) that is a word often used as a synonym for austerity.
  • tastes like sour capers and vinegar that are often used to create a contrast sour who Piedmontese love and that belongs to the typical taste of many dishes of Piemonte.

This recipe is very quick and easy peasy. It is a very good way to approach the use of anchovies in cooking. Of course it’s possible to prepare Peperoni in Brusco without anchovies or reducing the quantity, but the taste will change deeply.

Peperoni in Brusco (Piemonte Sour Peppers)

Peperoni in Brusco (Piemonte Sour Peppers)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Calories per serving: 156

Ingredients

  • 3 sweet and fleshy peppers, 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 green
  • 1.7 fl.oz. extra virgin olive oil
  • For the Sour Sauce
  • 1 handful of basil leaves
  • 1 handful of parsley leaves
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 6 anchovy fillets in oil
  • 1 tablespoon capers in vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. Clean the peppers: wash externally under the water, then open them in half and remove the core and remove all the seeds and the white "ribs"
  2. Cut them in square or diamond
  3. Put all ingredients for the sour sauce in a blender: anchovies, basil, parsley, garlic, capers and vinegar and coarsely chop
  4. Put 2 or 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a pan and pour the peppers
  5. Sauté the peppers for a few minutes
  6. After about 5 minutes, add the sauce, stir well and cook for another 5-8 minutes
  7. The peppers will be ready as soon as they are cooked on the surface and crispy within
  8. When ready turn off the heat, leave to marinate for a few minutes
  9. You can serve cold in summer or with the first cold of autumn are also warm delicious
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Belicada Farinata (Piemonte Vegan Savoury Pancakes)

Farinata

Farinata

What is Belicada

The Belicada is a Farinata made ​​of garbanzo (chickpea) beans flour typical of Nizza Monferrato, a small town in the province of Asti, about 40 miles south of Turin.
The Belicada, like Farinata, is a kind of vegan pancake or crepe, prepared only with garbanzo flour, water, extra virgin olive oil, salt and seasoned to taste with rosemary or pepper.

The tradition of Farinata in Italy

Farinata is a widespread dish in Italy. Its common name in Italian is Farinata but it has many names in the different Italian dialects and regions: fainâ, farinata, socca, belicada, cecina, torta di ceci.

According to some sources the farinata would be originally from Genoa, in Liguria, and then spread throughout the Mediterranean, not only in Italy but also in the Côte d’Azur (France) e in Algeria. Then with the migration Farinata came to the Americas in Uruguay and Argentina.

In Italy some of the original variety of Farinata are from:

– Genoa and Savona, called panissa or paniscia (not to confuse with the panissa and paniscia Piemonte traditional dishes). Sometimes the farinata cooked in the oven is cut into strips and fried and it is called panisette.

– Nizza Monferrato and Novi Ligure, the Belicada, seasoned with pepper and salt

– Tuscany like Torta di Ceci or Cecina, sprinkled with rosemary before baking

– Sassari in Sardinia, called fainé genoese

Where to eat in Italy

You can usually find the farinata in pizzeria. Many Italians love to eat farinata servings (a serving is a slice about a quarter or a sixth of a large baking pan of farinata) before eating pizza.
Recently there has been widespread use to eat farinata as finger food, and you can find it in some street food shops, along with piadina, crepes or sandwiches.

Farinata

Garbanzo beans in Piemonte

The cultivation of chickpea was widespread in Piedmont. Arriving from the east the cultivation of chickpea spread throughout the Tanaro Valley and other areas of the Piedmont. Its use has been widespread due to the fact that the chickpeas are very nutrient and cheaper than meat, two main factors in the past.

The ancient and still cultivated cultivars of garbanzo beans are mainly two:

Cece of Merella (garbanzo bean of Merella). In the Alessandria area is well known for Cece of Merella. Merella is a village in the municipality of Novi Ligure. Is sown along the river Scrivia in March and harvested in July. Cece of Merella is used for farinata in Novi Ligure, a territory long under the control of the Genoese in the past, and for soups and mashed.

Cece of Nucetto (garbanzo bean of Nucetto). Nucetto is a town in the province of Cuneo which is located in the upper Valle Tanaro. The chickpea is grown using methods of Nucetto natural and organic. It has a very sweet taste and is suitable for sweet and savory preparations

Farinata

 

Belicada Farinata (Piemonte Vegan Savoury Pancakes)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4

Calories per serving: 116

Belicada Farinata (Piemonte Vegan Savoury Pancakes)

The Belicada, like Farinata, is a kind of vegan pancake or crepe, prepared only with garbanzo flour, water, extra virgin olive oil, salt and seasoned at pleasure with rosemary or pepper.

Ingredients

  • 9 oz. chickpea flour
  • 32 fl. oz. (or 4 cups) water
  • 4 fl. oz. extra virgin olive oil or olive oil (could be reduced until to 2 tablespoon)
  • coarse salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, or in a jug, pour the chickpea flour and the coarse salt
  2. slowly add small amounts of water, and with a whisk to incorporate them gradually to the mixture, continue very slowly until you get a smooth batter, taking care not to form lumps
  3. At this point add the rest of the water, always slowly and stirring. The mixture is very fluid.
  4. Add three-quarters of the oil (take 6-8 tablespoons for the pan)
  5. Cover and let stand for at least 6 hours, it is best to prepare it in the morning and let it rest for about 12 hours.
  6. Stir from time to time with a spoon. On the compound will form a small amount of foam, it will disappear by itself when the farinata is ready.
  7. Once ready, turn on the oven at maximum heat, it is best to cook the farinata at about 450 degrees Fahrenheit
  8. Pour three or four tablespoons of olive oil in the pan,
  9. then pull it out and distribute the oil well on the whole surface
  10. put it in the oven for a few seconds, then partially extract the pan and pour about 2 inches of batter
  11. Bake in oven on the top shelf, and cook closed for about 20 minutes
  12. After 20 minutes, open the oven of an inch using a knife to keep open the gap, and continue cooking knife edge for another 10-15 minutes
  13. When the farinata has formed a film slightly darker remove from oven and let rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving
  14. Serve cut into slices and leave the table for diners a pepper grinder that will grind to pleasure each on its own slice

Notes

Farinata need to stand for at least 6 to 12 hours before to bake.

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Biscotti di Meliga (Cornmeal Italian Cookies Piedmond Style)

Biscotti di Meliga (Cornmeal Cookies Piedmont Style)

 

Biscotti di Meliga (Cornmeal Cookies Piedmont Style)

Meliga cookies are a great classic of the Piedmont tradition. They are very common throughout the Piemonte.
They are used alone or to accompany other desserts such as budino or ice cream.
I love them after lunch, along with my espresso. Sometimes just soak them into the coffee and the combination of the two flavours is wonderful.
The flour that is used for the preparation is called Fumetto [foo-met-to], which literally means comics. It is a fine ground cornmeal, much more fine of the cornmeal used for polenta.
This recipe is very simple and fast.

I recommend just two things:

  1. the butter must be cold, not at room temperature, this allows a better working of the dough
  2. leave plenty of space between each cookie and the other in cooking, otherwise the nuts of dough spread out, forming a single cookie as big as your oven plate. The doses of this recipe are enough for two oven plates, you can make two batches, or if you have two oven plates bake together one above the other.

That’s it! Enjoy 🙂

Biscotti di Meliga (Cornmeal Cookies Piedmond Style)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6

Biscotti di Meliga (Cornmeal Cookies Piedmond Style)

Meliga cookies are a great classic of the Piedmont tradition. They are very common throughout the Piemonte. They are used alone or to accompany other desserts such as budino or ice cream. I love them after lunch, along with my espresso. Sometimes just soak them into the coffee and the combination of the two flavours is wonderful. The flour that is used for the preparation is called Fumetto [foo-met-to], which literally means comics. It is a fine ground cornmeal, much more fine corn flour used for polenta. This recipe is very simple and fast.

Ingredients

  • 5 oz. of wheat flour
  • 9.5 oz. of corn flour
  • 9.5 oz. of icing sugar
  • 8 oz. of butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • flour for the oven plate

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl put the two flours, butter, cold from the refrigerator and cut into cubes, sugar, pinch of salt, orange zest and 2 egg yolks.
  2. Working with a wooden spoon, then with your hands until dough is smooth.
  3. Arrange on a oven plate a baking paper and sprinkle with one or two tablespoon of flour.
  4. When the mixture is homogeneous create with your hands a ball of the size of a walnut
  5. Lay it on the oven plate, and engrave on a cross with a knife.
  6. Beat the third egg yolk with a fork and using a pastry brush, brush it over the biscuit
  7. Repeat filling the surface of the plate of the oven, taking care to leave about 1.5 inches between one and the other.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 390° Fahrenheit for a few minutes.
  9. As soon as the surface is golden remove from the oven.
  10. Allow to cool thoroughly before removing them from the plate.

Notes

I recommend just two things:

the butter must be cold, not at room temperature, this allows a better working of the dough leave plenty of space between each cookie and the other in cooking, otherwise the nuts of dough spread out, forming a single cookie as big as your oven plate. The doses of this recipe are enough for two oven plates, you can make two batches, or if you have two oven plates bake together one above the other. That's it! Enjoy 🙂

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Biscotti di Meliga (Cornmeal Cookies Piedmont Style)

Tuna Rabbit Recipe: Tonno di coniglio

Tuna rabbit - Tonno di coniglio

If you have ever been in Piemonte you probably remind the gorgeous “Tonno di coniglio”. If you haven’t ever been yet you probably would love to try this easy and healthy rabbit recipe at your home. A peasant recipe modern, delicious and versatile.

Tuna rabbit - Tonno di coniglio

Tuna rabbit was the canned tuna of Piedmontese peasants

After cooking in water and spices rabbit meat is kept and made tender through soaking in oil, which makes it soft as that of the tuna. It is one of those dishes that must be cooked at least a day in advance, and can be stored for 5-7 days. It was perfectly suited to the needs of farmers returning from fields could find food ready to be eaten. Its origins make tuna rabbit a very modern dish, perfectly suitable for our busy hectic lifestyle. Tuna rabbit - Tonno di coniglio

Tuna rabbit it’s a typical dish of Monferrato UNESCO heritage site

Probably this recipe was born among the gardeners of the Tanaro valley that used to also raise rabbits, fed with vegetable scraps. The rabbit tuna is a typical recipe of Monferrato, a UNESCO heritage site in 2014. It is called this way because the meat is treated as that of the tuna. It was a way to cook the rabbit practiced in rural households at the peak of the agricultural work, when the need to prepare foods in advance clashed with the difficulty to retain them and with poverty.

Tuna rabbit it’s a versatile food

In the past we were used to eat it like a main dish, sided by vegetables. Now you can taste Tuna rabbit in a variety of way: to enrich salads, as a starter, to prepare sandwiches or as appetizer on canapés or snacks. It is perfect for picnic and outdoor lunch.

Tuna Rabbit Recipe – Tonno di coniglio

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 rabbit ca. 3 lb
  • For the broth
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 leek
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 onion "studded" with 2 cloves
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 3-4 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 6 grains of black pepper
  • For soaking
  • 6-10 cloves of garlic
  • 10 sage leaves
  • 1-2 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

    For boiling
  1. Wash the herbs and aromas
  2. Insert the 2 cloves into the onion
  3. Place all the herbs and ingredients for the broth in a large pot, cut into pieces the carrot, leek, and the stalks of celery, and the onion "studded" with the 2 cloves, and then add the water
  4. Wash the rabbit
  5. Add water and, put the rabbit in the pot, then put on the heat and bring to a boil. The rabbit should boil for at least 45 minutes, any extra time will make it more tender.
  6. Preparing the soaking
  7. While the rabbit is boiling cut the garlic cloves and clean the sage leaves
  8. Preparing the rabbit
  9. As soon as the rabbit is cooked, remove it from the broth (do not throw the broth away!) and take off the meat from the bones
  10. Cut the meat it to pieces of equal size
  11. Arrange the pieces of meat layered with garlic and sage leaves, finished arranging the sage start over with a new layer of rabbit-garlic-sage till the rabbit is finished. At the end of each layer drizzle with a drizzle of olive oil.
  12. Finished arranging the meat, cover all with oil so that all the meat rabbit is covered by oil and can absorb everything you need to make the meat tender and not dry.
  13. Serving
  14. Remove the excess of oil and eat as you prefer, as a main dish, a starter, in sandwiches or as an unconventional healthy appetizer on canapés or snacks.
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Tuna rabbit - Tonno di coniglio

Rabbit in Mustard Recipe

Rabbit with Mustard Piemonte style

Rabbit in mustard is a very traditional Piemonte recipe. It combines local and poor ingredients with a smell of France. Originally used for special occasions could be now used as easy dinner ideas to stew rabbit.

Rabbit with Mustard Piemonte style
Rabbit in mustard is an ancient recipe used for Sunday meals and special occasions. As it is prepared with very traditional and poor ingredients it could be considered one of the best Piemonte recipes.

Poor ingredients

Rabbit, milk, butter, were some of the poor ingredients that was very common in almost every farmhouse. Rabbit meat was considered a poor one. This is because the rabbit is reproducing very quickly, easy to breed and cheap to feed. The edible part of the animal was not much compared to other animals and the meat was more compact and less soft than other. The culinary tradition of Piemonte is rich with dishes of rabbit.
For a long time rabbit has been misused, as for all the reason that in the past made it a poor meat. Today, indeed, we know that the rabbit meat is one of the better food choices in terms of nutrition, low in fat and by its nature does not retain antibiotics and medicines that are used industrially for its breeding.
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The free richness that comes from the vegetable garden

 Juniper berries, bay leaves, marjoram herbs were always present in any vegetable garden, large or small it was. marjoram, as well as lemon balm, thyme, mint and many others, was planted at the edge, close to the fence of the garden to ward off the weeds and in some cases even parasites. The laurel was a tree that was often in the courtyard, high and auspicious, full of leaves used in many dishes, including to boil chestnuts.
Juniper berries were picked in the woods, bringing the herds or flocks to pasture or transporting goods for the market, when it was still going to walk away with the cart along the dirt roads.

A bit of delicious wine

Our ancestors liked to add wine and spirits to preparations. the red or white wine, rum and many others are an integral part of many of the most typical of traditional dishes. Rabbit in mustard is not exception. In this case the wine serves to eliminate the flavor too strong of the rabbit. Let us remember that at that time, before the factory farms, rabbits tasted much stronger than today as it was considered almost a wild flavor.

A pinch of France

It’s not a secret that the Piedmontese and the French cuisines have been contaminated with each other for a long time over the centuries.
A definite element, outcome of this contamination, is the use of mustard for which France is famous.
The mustard powder helps to mitigate the wild flavors of the meat, and allows to blend the flavors also giving to dishes a nice and cheerful color. Rabbit in mustard Piemonte style seems to bring out all of these elements.

Rabbit in Mustard Piemonte Recipe

Rating: 51

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6

Rabbit in Mustard Piemonte Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 rabbit cutted in serving portions
  • 5 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 cup milk (whole milk is better but you can use your favorite milk)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 oz butter
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Herbs
  • 2 juniper berries
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig of fresh marjoram (or a teaspoon of dried marjoram)

Instructions

  1. In a pot large enough to hold the rabbit put the olive oil and butter and brown the rabbit to medium high flame
  2. Stir the rabbit pieces occasionally so that browning evenly
  3. As soon as the rabbit is golden brown, lower the heat, add salt and pepper to taste, place the juniper berries, bay leaves and marjoram
  4. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes
  5. After about 20 minutes, uncover and sprinkle with mustard and white wine
  6. Cook over low heat uncovered so that the wine has evaporated by about half, stirring and turning the pieces of rabbit occasionally
  7. Add the milk and simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring and turning the rabbit occasionally
  8. When the milk has become a cream along with the wine and mustard rabbit is ready!
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3 Easter Recipes Ideas Quick, Easy, Healthy, Piemonte Style

Primrose Frittata Recipe - Picnic, Healthy, Brunch, Cheap Idea

Easter is coming and if you are looking for something new for your family and friends, maybe for a picnic, a brunch or something really easy you are in the right place.

Easy recipes for a complete meal

These 3 recipes are very easy, oversimple I could almost say. They will be loved from all the family. You can use all together as a complete health meal or pick just some of them to enrich your Easter table.

Comfort food

I chose, for this Easter, 3 recipes easy and comfortable. A true comfort food. They are ideal for a picnic, they can also be served cold for a brunch with friends or for a lunch at home maybe in the greenery of your garden. They can all be prepared the day before, refrigerate and serve cold or at room temperature.

These are also recipes for a romantic picnic for two.
The kids will love the cup savoy, and will be amazed by fairy omelette made ​​with the flowers of the forest.

Healthy recipes

These Easter recipes are all healthy recipes, low in fat and carbohydrates, rich in nutrients, very balanced and economical. Are also a new and fun way to try the cuisine of Piedmont.

Wine Pairings

They are very good accompanied with good wine from Piemonte, such as a Barbera or as an Arneis or a Erbaluce. But you can enjoy them with local wine, or a beer, or simply with water.

Primrose FrittataSpring SaladBowl of Savoy

Primrose Frittata Recipe - Picnic, Healthy, Brunch, Cheap Idea

Healthy cheap frittata recipe. With primroses and eggs. Baked. Salt, oil and butter free. A fairy, romantic recipe. Perfect for picnic, brunch, or as a starter. Go to Primrose Frittata recipe >

Spring Salad Recipe Piemonte

An healthy salad recipe, fresh and delicious, rich in colors and nutrients. An easy dinner recipe. Save Spring Piemonte salad recipe with your healthy dinner ideas and your salad recipes. Go to Spring Salad recipe >

Bowl of Savoy

Bowl of Savoy is a delicious cream cheese dessert. It is very fresh and savory. Easy, quick and cold. Perfect for Holidays. Could be prepared the day before with a great flavor. Go to Bowl of Savoy recipe >

Primrose Frittata Recipe – Picnic, Brunch, Healthy, Cheap Idea

Primrose Frittata Recipe - Picnic, Healthy, Brunch, Cheap Idea

Healthy cheap frittata recipe. With primroses and eggs. Baked. Salt, oil and butter free. A fairy, romantic recipe. Perfect for picnic, brunch, starter.

Primrose Frittata Recipe - Picnic, Healthy, Brunch, Cheap Idea

Picnic Recipe

 

Primrose Frittata Recipe - Picnic, Healthy, Brunch, Cheap Idea

Primrose Frittata Piemonte Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 big handful of primroses, collected in fields unpolluted
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Clean carefully the primroses, removing the roots, the withered leaves and flowers, then wash them well under running water and dry
  2. Coarsely cut leaves and flowers together
  3. Chop the clove of garlic
  4. Breaking eggs into a large bowl and beat with a fork
  5. Add the garlic and primroses
  6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
  7. Coat a baking pan with baking paper
  8. Pour in the mixture
  9. Place in preheated oven at 200 degrees for 20-30 minutes
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Spring Salad Recipe Piemonte

Spring Salad Recipe Piemonte Salad Recipes

An healthy salad recipe, fresh and delicious, rich in colors and nutrients. An easy dinner recipe. Save Spring Piemonte salad recipe with your healthy dinner ideas and your salad recipes.

Spring Salad Recipe Piemonte Salad Recipes

It is a salad very rich. We do love to prepare raw food, and in Piemonte this is a very rich season. The landscapes are great, fulfilled with colors and scents. The vegetable gardens change their colors. Flowers and vegetables let you know that the spring is ready and the first thing to do is to grab it in your dish.

Spring Salad Recipe Piemonte Salad Recipes

Healthy and Nutrient easy dinner idea

This is a complete meal. Very rich in vitamins and mineral, low in fat and carbohydrates. Proteins come from tuna, and if you need you can remove it without loosing any flavor.

The only difficult aspect of this recipe is to cut all the vegetables into thin slices. But in this way vegetables preserve their nutrients: many vitamins, as vitamin C, infact are volatile and there is a consistent loss in vegetables that has been sliced long time before their use.

Spring Salad Recipe Piemonte Salad Recipes

Spring Piemonte Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6

Spring Piemonte Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 9 oz tuna
  • 5 fresh onions (I used cipollotti onions, but you can use fresh white onions, if they are too savory consider to soak them in acidulated water as for Salad of Leeks
  • 1 large handful of valerian
  • 10 radishes
  • 1 bunch of arugula
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 celery heart
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 3 basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olives (I used the Ligurian olives, but you can use what you prefer, black or green, hot or seasoned, sliced??, pitted or not, use your favorite olives!)
  • 2 tablespoons capers in vinegar
  • Vinaigrette
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard powder
  • 1/2 glass of brandy (to taste)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

    Wash the vegetables
  1. Valerian
  2. Celery
  3. Carrots: wash using a brush for vegetables
  4. Radishes: remove the green and the roots, then wash thoroughly
  5. Arugula, parsley and basil
  6. Bel Pepper: wash it, split it in half and remove the seeds, then pass again under water to remove the seeds remained inside
  7. Cipollotti onion: remove the green and the roots, then wash thoroughly
  8. Slice the vegetables
  9. Carrots
  10. Bell Pepper
  11. Radishes
  12. Celery: remove the leaf then slice it
  13. Cipollotti onion: remove the first layer of onion then slice it
  14. Arugula: cut it in large pieces
  15. Parsley: separate the leaves from the stems of parsley
  16. Compose the salad
  17. Add the tuna
  18. Valerian
  19. Arugula
  20. Bell Pepper
  21. Celery
  22. Onion
  23. Carrots
  24. Radishes
  25. Parsley and basil: coarsely cut it with a knife or with the special scissors with three blades
  26. Olives and Capers
  27. Vinaigrette
  28. Using a fork dilute the mustard with the lemon juice
  29. Add olive oil, stirring constantly
  30. Add Brandy
  31. Salt and pepper to taste
  32. Pour the sauce over the salad, stir and serve

Notes

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Bollito Misto Recipes Guide

Bollito Misto Recipes Guide

The definitive Guide for cooking and eating greatest delicious Northern Italian mixed boiled meat. Bollito Misto Recipes Guide: all the recipes and sauces, simple tips.

Bollito Misto Recipes Guide

This one of the most famous meat stew of Northern Italy. It is a stew of mixed meat with a very ancient history. It was a noble dish, as it was prepared for the court using high qualities meats. Now we use it in Holiday occasions, mainly in the cold seasons. In the very ancient Piemonte tradition Bollito Misto was prepared the thursday before Christmas.

The thousands flavors recipe

It is perfect when you want to serve a meat based main dish but you know your guests have many different tastes. Bollito Misto is a perfect meat dish that satisfy the tastes of all, because people add flavors using sauces. You serve it plain, with all the sauces typical of Piemonte but also with your favorite sauces like mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, oil, salt, and pepper. Imagine many bowl on your table filled with sauces around the main dish. It is easy and delicious, that’s it. You just need to follow the recipe instructions and never miss our secrets for the greatest ever Bollito Misto.

We serve it typically with at least one of these sauces:

  • Green Sauce: is the par excellence sauce to accompany boiled. It’s traditional name is Bagnetto verde, literally “Green little bath”, prepared with parsley, anchovies, eggs and crumb of bread soaked in vinegar.
  • Red Sauce: is the second great and very traditional sauce for Bollito Misto. It is called Bagnetto rosso literally, “Red little bath” and it is cooked with tomatoes, vegetables and spices.
  • Honeybee sauce: in Piemonte it is called Sausa d’Avije that literally means sauce of honeybee, salsa di api in italian, it is very simple and delicious and it is prepared with mustard powder, honey and walnuts.
  • Garlic Sauce: one of the easiest sauces of Piemonte. It’s original name is Agliata. It is prepared with eggs and garlic.
  • Sweet Pepper Sauce: Salsa di Peperoni:  made with sweet pepper bell, bagnetto rosso and pickled vegetables
  • Poor man’s Sauce: Salsa del Povr’om: literally “” it is prepared with sauce that remains from cooking stews or braised, vinegar, bread crumbs and pepper.
  • Pink Sauce: in italian its name is Salsa rosa, prepared with tomatoes sause, anchovies, garlic and parsley.
  • Horseradish Sauce: Salsa di cren: “Horseradish sauce” prepared with horseradish, crumb of bread soaked in vinegar and pepper.

This list is not complete. I will add periodically new sauces recipes, as soon as they are ready.

In Piemonte we always use to serve Bollito Misto with two other kind of flavouring. Never miss to place on the table:

  • integral coarse salt
  • extra virgin olive oil

Many people love to season Bollito Misto just with a few grains of integral coarse salt and a drizzle of olive oil. If it is the first time you eat Bollito Misto you really need to try this typical kind of topping.

The never fed up meat recipe

As you could prepare it in many different ways you can cook Bollito Misto many times, never get fed up, but each time improving results and savor. Once you get the main flavor and secrets you can be creative and try different vegetables and meat cuts, composing the tastes as you prefer. This is an easy recipe, with a long life in your cookbook as you can always change some ingredient creating something new. Perfect for children, for who needs to slow down fat and calories in diet. 

Here in Piemonte we have mainly two versions of Bollito Misto:

  1. Bollito Misto Basic Recipe
  2. Bollito Misto Luxury Recipe

Meat Cuts

Bollito Misto Basic Recipe Meat Cuts

Bollito Misto Basic Meat Cuts

The meat cuts for the Bollito Misto basic recipe are 3:

  • Head of veal: Testina
  • Plate/Flank cuts: the Scaramella and Biancostato italian cuts
  • Foreshank boneless: Muscolo

Head

Head meat is the meat that remains on the skull after the removal of the skin, cheeks, tongue and lips. It is a very fat cut, and must be boiled alone, using a different pan.

Plate/Flank cuts

Bollito Misto Recipe Meat Cut
Scaramella includes “Beef Plate, Inside Skirt (IM)” MBG 121D and “Beef Loin, Steak Tail” MBG 176

The Scaramella and Biancostato, in the international meat cuts manual, are not specific meat cuts as in Italy are. I have made a long research to understand how to provide the best solution for this bollito misto basic cuts. This is the best way to overcome these differences. I have used, beside the cuts’ names, the Meat Buyer Guide number, so it will be very easy to find these meat cuts in your groceries or to ask theme to your butcher.

Scaramella

With respect to the Scaramella I must note that the different ways to slaughter make different type of meat that you will find from your butcher. The italian Scaramella is made ​​up of 3 body parts: the external oblique muscle of abdomen, internal oblique muscle of the abdomen and the transversus abdominis muscle. These parts are slaughtered and cut in a different way in the United States:

  1. the transverse muscle is sold alone and constitutes the “Beef Plate, Inside Skirt (IM)” MBG 121D
  2. the internal oblique muscle of the abdomen and the abdominal external oblique are sold together in the “Beef Loin, Steak Tail” MBG 176

So if you want to cook the original Bollito misto you can try to buy both MBG 121D and MBG 176, tie them together on one another and boil the meat in this way.

Biancostato

Another cuts we use, instead of Scaramella that we really prefer, is the Biancostato, for which the differences recurs. The Biancostato is a part of the anatomy that includes together the rectus abdominis and the external oblique muscle of the abdomen (Obliquus externus adbominis). In the United States is used to separate these two muscles in two different pieces:

  1. the rectus abdominis is sold as “Beef Flank” or “Flank Steak” MBG 193
  2. the external oblique muscle of the abdomen instead is part of the “Strip Loin” MBG 182 and of the “Beef Loin, Steak Tail” MBG 176

In many recipes is told to use ONLY the flank steak, but this has a very different result, as the meat in flank steak is very thin, while the Biancostato is a rough cut of third choice, full of gristle and fat. The flavor change consistently using only the flank steak. Also in this case you can try to “recreate” the original cut, buying the flank steak and “Beef Loin, Steak Tail” MBG 176, tying them together.

Foreshank Boneless

Is located in the region of the forequarter leg between the carpus and elbow. The anatomical basis of bone is made ​​up of the radius and ulna. It is formed by a large set of muscles and tendons:

  • extensor muscle oblique metacarpal
  • extensor muscle front of the metacarpal
  • extensor muscle of the third finger
  • extensor muscle of the anterior phalanges
  • extensor muscle of the fourth finger
  • muscle cubital external
  • latissimus handheld
  • cubital internal muscle
  • flexor surface of the phalanges
  • deep flexor of the phalanges

Bollito Misto Luxury Recipe Meat Cuts

Bollito Misto Luxury Recipe Meat Cuts

The meat cuts for the typical Bollito Misto luxury recipe, that we call Gran Bollito Misto are 7:

The 3 meat cuts of Bollito Misto Basic recipe plus the following 4:

  1. Tongue
  2. Tail
  3. Capon or Hen or Rooster or Chicken: during the Christmas time we can find capon, otherwise we use one of the others. You can chose what you prefer, I have listed them in order of traditional use.
  4. Cotechino: it is very typical and of good luck, it is always included in Bollito Misto and in the New Year’s Eve, when it’s served with lentils.

 

Simple and great recipe

Bollito Misto is a really simple and easy recipe. To prepare a great and delicious Bollito Misto you just need to read and always use 3 simple secret surefire tips.

Get 3 Tips for Cooking Delicious Bollito Misto

Bollito Misto Basic Recipe

It is the basic and easiest one Bollito Misto recipe, in terms of types of meats, quantities and preparation. It is prepared only with three cuts of beef and vegetables. It is very quick and easy recipe. Try it to start your Piemonte recipe experiments, or simply to taste a very good easy dinner ideas with family and friends. This is perfect for children because the flavor is really simple, savory but not spiced.

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Bollito Misto Luxury Recipe

This is the most complete version of Bollito Misto. It is prepared for Holiday dinners, when families meets and dine together. It is prepared with seven different meat cuts, is a recipe created for convivial dinners and its minimum dose serve eight people.

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Bollito Misto Basic Recipe

Bollito Misto Basic Recipe

Bollito Misto Basic Recipe is the easiest way to taste the Northern Italian boiled meat recipe.

Bollito Misto Basic Recipe

This is the very basic and easiest Bollito Misto recipe. In terms of types of meats, quantities and preparation. It is prepared only with three cuts of beef and vegetables. It is very quick and easy recipe. Try it to start your Piemonte recipe experiments, or simply to taste a very good easy dinner ideas with family and friends. This is perfect for children because the flavor is really simple, savory but not spiced.

We do serve it with many sauces, integral coarse salt and extra virgin olive oil. Discover all the secrets and tips of the greatest delicious Northern Italian mixed boiled meat on the Guide to Bollito Misto Recipes:

Get My Bollito Misto Recipes Guide for FREE

This is a very easy recipe, you do not need to prepare anything you just throw the meat into the water. But there are some tips that you must know to cook it in the right way. Be sure to get the best from your Bollito Misto using these 3 simple surefire tips:

Get 3 Tips for Cooking Delicious Bollito Misto

Bollito Misto Luxury Recipe is made using 3 different meat cuts:

Bollito Misto Basic Meat Cuts

  • Head of veal: the italian Testina
  • Plate/Flank cuts: the Scaramella and Biancostato italian cuts. Read what meat cut do you need  here.
  • Foreshank boneless: the italian Muscolo
Read more about the meat cut, how to chose the perfect ones for an outstanding and original flavor on Bollito Misto Recipes Guide.

If you want to overreach you might want to cook the Luxury recipe, the complete and gorgeous full Bollito Misto made with seven different meat cuts:

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Bollito Misto Basic Recipe

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 4

Bollito Misto Basic Recipe

Bollito Misto Basic Recipe is the easiest way to taste the Northern Italian boiled meat recipe. It is an easy and healthy way to cook and eat beef.

Ingredients

    Meat Cuts
  • Read More on Bollito Misto Meat Cuts on Bollito Misto Recipes Guide
  • 1 pound ca. Head of veal (italian Testina)
  • 1 pound ca. Plate/Flank cuts (the Scaramella and Biancostato italian cuts)
  • 1 pound ca. Foreshank boneless (italian Muscolo)
  • Flavors for broth
  • 2 carrot
  • 2 stacks of celery
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 onions
  • 2 bunch of parsley
  • For the sauces
  • Serve using as many sauces as you like, you can find all on Bollito Misto Recipes Guide

Instructions

    Prepare the broth
  1. Fill two pots of water, they must be large enough to hold in one the head and in the other one the Plate/Flank cut (the Scaramella and Biancostato italian cuts) and the Foreshank boneless.
  2. Place in each one, cleaned, 1 carrot, 1 stack of celery, 1 clove of garlic, 1 onion cut in half, 1 bunch of parsley
  3. Put on the fire and wait for the water to boil
  4. Cook the meat
  5. As soon as the water boils throw in one of the two the head, let it boil for 3 hours
  6. After 30 minutes throw in the second pot, the water is still boiling, the Plate/Flank cuts and the Foreshank boneless, let it boil for 2.30 hours
  7. Serve with sauces and dressings
  8. Once cooked, roughly cut into slices and place in a large serving dish put on the table sauces and dressings

Notes

Bollito Misto is a really simple and easy recipe. To prepare a great and delicious Bollito Misto you just need to read and always use these 3 simple secret surefire tips. To chose the right and perfect meat cuts read the Bollito Misto Recipes Guide

http://milkhoneyandrum.com/bollito-misto-basic-recipe/

Bollito Misto Luxury Recipe

Bollito Misto Luxury Recipe

Bollito Misto Luxury Recipe is the great delicious boiled meat of Northern Italy. Perfect for Holiday and convivial dinners. Served with plenty of sauces. Healthy and Easy.

Bollito Misto Luxury Recipe

This is the most complete version of Bollito Misto. It is prepared when families meets and dine together, like in Holidays and special occasions, as Christmas Eve, Easter and Birthday dinners. It is prepared with seven different meat cuts, is a recipe created for convivial dinners and its minimum dose serve eight persons.

We do serve it with many sauces, integral coarse salt and extra virgin olive oil. Discover all the secrets and tips of the greatest delicious Northern Italian mixed boiled meat on the Guide to Bollito Misto Recipes:

Get Bollito Misto Recipes Guide FREE

This is a very easy recipe, you do not need to prepare anything you just throw the meat into the water. But there are some tips that you must know to cook it in the right way. Be sure to get the best from your Bollito Misto using these 3 simple surefire tips:

Get 3 Tips for Cooking Delicious Bollito Misto

Bollito Misto Luxury Recipe is made using 7 different meat cuts:

Bollito Misto Luxury Recipe Meat Cuts

  • Head of veal: Testina
  • Plate/Flank cuts: the Scaramella and Biancostato italian cuts. Read what meat cut do you need  here.
  • Foreshank boneless: Muscolo
  • Tongue
  • Tail
  • Capon or Hen or Rooster or Chicken: during the Christmas time we can find capon, otherwise we use one of the others. You can chose what you prefer, I have listed them in order of traditional use.
  • Cotechino: it is very typical and of good luck, it is always included in Bollito Misto and in the New Year’s Eve, when it’s served with lentils.
Read more about the meat cut, how to chose the perfect ones for an outstanding and original flavor on Bollito Misto Recipes Guide.

If you like the easy dinner idea but this is too much for your family you can try the Basic version. This is a smallest Bollito Misto we use for daily dinner, when we want to serve something special for our narrower family.

Get Bollito Misto Basic Recipe
Bollito Misto Luxury Recipe

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 8

Bollito Misto Luxury Recipe

This is the most complete version of Bollito Misto. It is prepared when families meets and dine together, like in Holidays and special occasions, as Christmas Eve, Easter and Birthday dinners. It is prepared with seven different meat cuts, is a recipe created for convivial dinners and its minimum dose serve eight persons.

Ingredients

    Meat Cuts
  • Read how to chose the right meat cuts on Bollito Misto Recipes Guide
  • 1 pound ca. Head of veal (italian Testina)
  • 1 pound ca. Plate/Flank cuts (the Scaramella and Biancostato italian cuts)
  • 1 pound ca. Foreshank boneless (italian Muscolo)
  • 1 pound ca. Tongue
  • 1 pound ca. Tail
  • 1 pound ca. Cotechino
  • 1/2 Capon or Hen or Rooster or Chicken
  • Flavors for broth
  • 2 carrot
  • 2 stacks of celery
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 onions
  • 2 bunch of parsley
  • For the sauces
  • Serve using as many sauces as you like, you can find all on Bollito Misto Recipes Guide

Instructions

    Prepare the broth
  1. Fill three pots of water, they must be large enough to hold in one the head, the tail and the cotechino, in the second one the Plate/Flank cut (the Scaramella and Biancostato italian cuts), the Foreshank boneless and the tongue, in the third one the half capon (or hen or rooster or chicken).
  2. Place in each one, cleaned, 1 carrot, 1 stack of celery, 1 clove of garlic, 1 onion cut in half, 1 bunch of parsley
  3. Put on the fire and wait for the water to boil the #1 pot
  4. Cook the meat
  5. In this Bollito Misto you put in boiling water the meat at different time, this is to get the best from your bollito. Read why on the 3 Simple surefire tips for cooking great delicious Bollito Misto.
  6. After 30 minutes, as soon as the water boils, throw in the #1 pot the head, let it boil for 3 hours
  7. At the same time put on the fire and wait for the water to boil the #2 pot
  8. After 30 minutes throw in the #2 pot, where the water is still boiling, the Plate/Flank cuts, the Foreshank boneless and the tongue, let them boil for 2.30 hours
  9. At the same time add in the #1 pot the tail, let it boil for 2.30 hours
  10. After 45 minutes put on the fire to boil the #3 pot
  11. After 30 minutes, as soon as the water boil, throw in the #3 pot the capon (or the hen or rooster or chicken)
  12. After 15 minutes put in the #1 pot the cotechino
  13. Serve with sauces and dressings
  14. Once cooked, roughly cut into slices and place in a large serving dish put on the table sauces and dressings

Notes

Bollito Misto is a really simple and easy recipe. To prepare a great and delicious Bollito Misto you just need to read and always use these 3 simple secret surefire tips. To chose the right and perfect meat cuts read the Bollito Misto Recipes Guide

http://milkhoneyandrum.com/bollito-misto-luxury-recipe/

Salad of Leeks

Salad of Leeks Piemonte Recipes

A savory, unconventional, Piemonte, really easy salad with eggs, tuna, endive salad and leeks.

A savory, unconventional, Piemonte, really easy salad with eggs, tuna, endive salad and leeks. A Piemonte healthy lunch idea recipe.

This salad was prepared for quick lunch while farmers had a break while working in the fields. The eggs were boiled the night before and canned tuna was very easy to maintain and quick to add. In addition, the leeks were put to marinate in the morning just before to get out in the earliest morning. Now this recipe tells to marinate for at least 2 hours and it works perfectly, but believe me, if you double the time the leeks are much more delicate.

An healthy lunch idea

A savory, unconventional, Piemonte, really easy salad with eggs, tuna, endive salad and leeks. A Piemonte healthy lunch idea recipe.

This is a peasant recipe. But do not make my same mistake I did: do not think this is a “difficult” salad due to the leeks, because they have a strong and persistent flavor. Soaking the leeks into the acidulated water makes sweet their flavor. It is a complete healthy lunch idea with a lot of taste. But it could also be used as a starter or as a rich side dish.

A pinch of Italian style

Of course, you could dress it with your preferred dressing sauce and it will fit perfectly but if you would like to bring on your table a piece of Italy – of Northern Italy in fact – use one of the typical Italian Vinaigrette made with extra virgin olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper.

My adjustment for a worldwide home cooking

In the original recipe the cheese used is a kind of robiola cheese typical of Piemonte. It is the Robiola of Cocconato d’Asti, a fresh and compact cheese. It is very different from some other Italian robiola cheese much more like to cream cheese like Philadelphia. To adapt it to an international cuisine you can use a fresh cheese like queso, or similar. You might chose it using three criteria:

  1. freshness: be sure that the cheese you are choosing is very fresh white cheese
  2. soft and compact: its consistency should be compact and easy to be cutted into cubes
  3. milk taste: it should have the taste of fresh milk, not too savory and absolutely not spiced.

And that’s it! Hope you enjoy.

A savory, unconventional, Piemonte, really easy salad with eggs, tuna, endive salad and leeks. A Piemonte healthy lunch idea recipe.

Salad of Leeks

Prep Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 4

Salad of Leeks

A savory, unconventional, Piemonte, really easy salad with eggs, tuna, endive salad and leeks. A Piemonte healthy lunch idea recipe.

Ingredients

  • 5 leeks
  • the juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 oz tuna
  • half endive
  • 2 ounces queso cheese (diced)
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • For the Vinaigrette
  • the juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash and peel the leeks by cutting them into 2 or 3 pieces taking the white parts (and putting aside the green ones that can be very useful for making soups and vegetable soups)
  2. Place in a large bowl to soak in water acidulated with vinegar and lemon juice for about two hours
  3. While the leeks soak keep going with the preparation!
  4. Wash and thinly slice the endive
  5. Chop hard-boiled eggs with a knife
  6. Chop tuna with a fork
  7. Dice the queso cheese
  8. After two hours, remove the leeks from water and slice into thin slices
  9. In a large bowl place the endive, then the leeks, then tuna, diced cheese, chopped boiled eggs
  10. Separately prepare a vinaigrette with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix the ingredients with a fork to form a fluid emulsion
  11. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and serve
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 A savory, unconventional, Piemonte, really easy salad with eggs, tuna, endive salad and leeks. A Piemonte healthy lunch idea recipe.

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