Valle d'Aosta Recipes


VALLE D’AOSTAN BEEF STEW

Ingredients

  • 100g of butter

  • 3 onions, sliced into wedges

  • 1 bottle of red wine

  • 1 sprig of rosemary

  • 1 sprig of sage

  • 4 cloves

  • 1/2 tsp juniper berries

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 500g of beef rump, sliced into 7x1.5cm strips

  • 1 tbsp of plain flour

  • salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

Method

Melt half of the butter in a frying pan and season the beef with salt and pepper. Dust in the flour, then add to the pan once the butter is foaming. Cook until well browned on all sides, then set aside


Melt the rest of the butter in the pan and add the sliced onions. Cook for a few minutes until soft, then add a dash of red wine along with the rosemary, sage, cloves, bay leaves and juniper berries. Season with a pinch of salt and cook for 5 minutes until soft and aromatic


Add the beef back into the pan along with the rest of the red wine. Simmer for 45 minutes or until the beef is tender and the wine has reduced to a sauce consistency


Taste and add more seasoning if needed. Serve immediately on a bed of buttery polenta


GNOCCHI ALLA BAVA

Ingredients

  • BUCKWHEAT GNOCCHI

  • 600g of floury potatoes, preferably Désirée

  • 150g of 00 flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 150g of buckwheat flour

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • SAUCE

  • 1 shallot, finely diced

  • 400ml of double cream

  • 100g of Toma cheese, grated

  • 100g of fontina cheese, grated

  • freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

  • olive oil

  • salt, to taste

  • freshly ground black pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Prick the potatoes with a fork and bake in the oven for 1 hour or until soft


When the potatoes are cooked, halve them and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. You need to work whilst the potatoes are still hot, so you may want to use a cloth or rubber gloves


Pass the potato flesh through a potato ricer. Stir in the flours, egg yolks and salt, mix thoroughly but taking care not to overwork the gluten so you get soft pillowy gnocchi


Divide the dough into 4 and roll each piece out on a floured surface into sausages about 2cm thick. Slice into pieces roughly 2.5cm long


Delicately roll the pillows over a gnocchi board to create ridges. This creates a surface the sauce can adhere to


To make the sauce, heat a pan over a medium heat and fry the shallot in a splash of olive oil until soft but not coloured. Add the cream and reduce by one third


Add the grated cheeses and stir until melted. Taste and season with nutmeg, salt and pepper


To cook the gnocchi, bring a pot of salted water to the boil and add the dumplings. Cook until they float to the top, which should take 3–4 minutes


Drain the gnocchi and stir into the sauce. Serve immediately



PASTA ALLA VALDOSTANA

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. pasta

  • 7 oz. diced ham

  • 7 oz. fontina cheese

  • 4 oz. Parmigiano Reggiano

  • 7 oz. fresh cream

  • Salt

  • Parsley

  • Butter

First, put a pat of butter and diced ham in a pan on medium heat. Brown ham. Add fontina (cut into strips) and cream. In the meantime, bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta. Once cooked al dente, drain pasta and pour into pan with ham and fontina. Let mixture cook over heat for a minute and then turn heat off. Add salt and sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.


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