Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Bresaola-Italian Cured Beef
Bresaola is a wonderful dry cured meat from Valtellina, an area north-east of Milan, in the Lombardia region of northern Italy. The meat comes from beef, it is salted, spiced, and cured for 2-3 months. Bresaola is made from eye of round, and is lean and tender with a sweet, musty smell.
Bresaola is normally eaten raw, like prosciutto, thinly sliced, and simply served.
It is not easy to find this delicacy around town, but yesterday I was lucky enough to walk in DeLessio market on 302 Broderick Street in San Francisco, and when I spotted it in their display case I had to buy some. I have to go back there when I have more time, De Lessio shares the space with Falletti which has an incredible meat and fish display I didn't have time to savor entirely because of a time crunch.
I had Bresaola for lunch today, prepared like we normally do, dressed with some olive oil and vinegar, topped with some arugula salad, and shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano. So simple and oh so good.