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Bagna Cauda, A Sauce of Dreams Come True

March 7, 2014

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My mind blistered in pain when I woke up this morning only to find myself under the covers in my apartment in New York. The night seemed endless in the dream I partook. A blissful dream in which I was in Italy with the chef I had worked with, scooping up Italian delicacies. Clearly my love for Italian food isn’t minimal. In an impulse, I almost booked a flight to Italy, that is until I realized my work schedule wouldn’t permit me to go anywhere, under any circumstances.

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Since Italy is beyond reach for the moment, I made Bagna Cauda, blasted Cecilia Bartoli on my stereo, and invited my friends Frank and Amanda for dinner. Bagna Cauda, for the uninitiated, is a hot dipping sauce for vegetables or pieces of bread that appears in many Italian homes, particularly in Piedmonte. One part garlic, two parts anchovies, melted butter and olive oil sent its fragrance to announce a distinctively Italian presence.  There is a ritual attached to dipping your veggies in this sauce. Each vegetable is dipped into the bagna cauda, cradled by a piece of bread. The idea is to not allow the sauce to spill on the table. The bread acts as a guardian, keeping the dip in its place. The routine is repeated until the plate is empty.

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With the weather showing signs of shrewd cold, there is no reason not to fill your home with an intoxicating aroma. I have some left over, and I shall refrigerate it. Should I still dream of Italy, I will know that bagna cauda will come to my consolation. All I have to do is spread it on my toast, and I shall be singing along with Ms. Bartoli.

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Bagna Cauda, A sauce of Dreams Come True

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients:

1 stick of butter

1 cup of good extra virgin olive oil

4 whole cloves of garlic

6 pieces of anchovies, drained and bones removed

Salt to taste

1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard

Juice of 1/2 a lemon (optional)

Method:

1) Pour in the oil and the stick of butter into a sauce pan, and bring to heat. Simmer on very low heat. Do not color the butter or bring the butter and oil to boil.

2) Using a mortar and pestle, mesh the anchovies and garlic, until the anchovies turn into a paste.

3) Add the anchovies and garlic into the pot with the butter and the olive oil. Do not increase the heat.

4) Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture for 10 -15 minutes or until the anchovies are completely dissolved.

5) Add salt to taste.

6) Let the mixture cool at room temperature for about five minutes.

7) Pour the mixture into a blender along with 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard.

8) Blend until the ingredients are all emulsified.

9) Remove and serve over raw vegetables, cooked pasta or bread.

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3 Comments
  1. I’m heading to Italy (southern parts heading for Sicily) in May. This looks packed with flavor! Can I use it as a salad dressing? I don’t eat lots of bread… PS – Are there any destinations/sights/restaurants in the south we shouldn’t miss?

  2. chefmo73 permalink

    Hi, Thank you for your wonderful response on the banana leaf salmon. Let us know how t turned out.
    Of course, bagna cauda is perfect for a salad, especially in a nicoise. There are may places in Sicily worth looking into. I suggest starring with the city of Catania. Walk everywhere and meet really cool people and get to know the city with the people you meet. Be careful at the airport. They WILL stiff you on the taxi ride from the airport to your hotel. You should visit the fish market in Catania. Go early . They kinda stop service after 11am. You should visit the duomo in catania and all the other gorgeous churches built with lava stone. At nigt, hang out by the main piazza. It gets touristy, but which city isn’t?
    Take the bus to Taormina, a city up on the hills. The view from your bus window is breathtaking. Bring your bathing suit. Spend the whole day there. Go to the ancient greek theatre. While in Taormina, take the sky lift to Isola Bella. it’s an island, and the water is shallow.
    Eat Spaghetti ala Vongole until you become sick of clams! Its my favorite pasta dish. I’d skip the Mount Etna hike. Its cool, but I wasn’t really into it. However, you should visit the natural spring water which originates from the Etna mountain, and bathe in it despite its low temperature. It’s amazing. Eat Eat Eat street food everywhere. Take a bus or ferry to Palermo. I haven’t been there, but its street food galore!

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