200 g bresaola
Extra virgin olive oil
How to make the Bresaola:
Put the bresaola thin slices on a plate sprinkling olive oil and lemon between the slices. Let it cure for 15 minutes and serve.
Regional Recipe from Lombardy
Beef Bresaola Product Description
Makers of Bresaola still use age-old meat preparation techniques. This famed specialty from the Lombardy region of Italy, where it is typically eaten raw. Bresaola is salted and air-dried meat made from the tenderloin or fillet. It has a very dark red color and is sliced thinly with olive oil, lemon juice, and black pepper.
Bresaola and charcuterie:
Charcuterie is typical of Contado di Chiavenna, and Bresaola (cured raw beef), or Brisaola in the local dialect, is the best known local product. Recognized by the Protected Geographical Indication, it has been renowned in Valchiavenna since 1400.
Its name derives from the word brasa or brace, meaning embers used for drying the meat; hence the name brasa-saola, shortened to Bresaola.
Bresaola contains only beef (top-round) between two and four years old. The muscular mass is trimmed and dry-cured; drying takes an average of a week, and the meat has to dehydrate rapidly during the first days of treatment. It has a delicate and slightly aromatic flavor and a pleasant taste, moderately salty and never acidic. The finished product is cylindrical.
One of the most famous products of Valtellina is Slinzega, made from cuts of horsemeat cured with a dry salting method. The salt mixture contains bay, juniper, garlic, and pepper, and the meat is sometimes bathed in wine. Cut into fine slices; people eat Slinzega as an appetizer or a simple, unseasoned snack.
Violino’s name derives from the way it is held for cutting rather than the shape itself: you hold the meat like a violin and the knife like a bow. The ham, made from the haunch of a goat or a sheep, often also roe-deer, and chamois is a specialty of Valle Spluga. Local artisans produce it and sell it in local shops or a few city stores.
The Cotecotto and Prosciutto di Gallivaggio are also worth a mention.
Valtellina’s charcuterie culture revolves around crotti, which are natural cavities in the rocks formed by significant landslides. A breeze of air called the sorel blows up from these cavities’ depths, which inhabitants use for conserving charcuterie, bresaola, and wine.
For more information, contact the Consorzio Tutela del Nome Bresaola della Valtellina
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