This recipe is Massimo Bottura's ode to Reggio Emilia. Dry-aged beef enriched with gelatin extracted from Cotechino, traditional Modenese sausage, and the region's Lambrusco wine makes up the ingredients for these burgers. They are dressed with a salsa verde and mayonnaise made with a high-quality balsamic.
Pane Carasatu is a crisp bread known as carta da musica, meaning sheet music, since they are so large and delicate. Thin discs of dough puff up after a minute in a wood fired oven. It is split into two paper-thin discs and baked again until dry and extremely crispy. Historically eaten by the island’s many shepherds because of its keeping quality.
Condimento Balsamico is stylistically based on Aceto Tradizionale. It is made with the same ingredients according to the
same consorzio rules, but brought to market before the stipulated minimum age of 12 years. It is well suited for sauces and for dressing small plates, patés and other charcuterie.
This makes a wonderful first course for two or an individual serving for one diner. Chill your serving plate in advance of preparation. A long sharp knife makes the slicing easy. You can briefly freeze the tuna to facilitate slicing. You can pound the tuna between two sheets of plastic wrap to make it even thinner. Use peppery microgreens like radish, arugula or watercress.
These “little oranges” originated as a street food in Sicily and are now popular throughout Italy. Typically, they are stuffed with a dollop of ragu or ham in béchamel, peas, or mozzarella. In this version they are given the Cinderella treatment. The rice is blended with truffled goat cheese before being fried until golden.
There are so many heirloom and new hybrid varieties of cherry and grape tomatoes on the market these days. Use a mix of shapes and colors in this salad for visual appeal and flavor . Same holds true for the wide range of basils. Experiment with colors and textures. Add the basil just before you serve the salad as the acid in the vinegar and any residual heat will make it discolor.
A favorite appetizer recipe from Galateo & Friends creator, Marco Bonaldo, is suitable for a special dinner or informal gathering. These phyllo wrapped salmon pieces sit on a bed of potato "mayonnaise" that is enhanced by his apple cider vinegar dressing. It's a unique dish but easy to accomplish.
Include a variety of vegetables in your crudité. Create a feeling of seasonal abundance with a selection of baby carrots, radishes and tiny Hakurei turnips, all with a bit of the stem left on, to pick them up. Use cherry tomatoes, celery hearts, baby fennel, green beans, blanched or raw cauliflower and broccoli florets and little potatoes steamed in their jackets.