World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, World Cuisine Wednesdays | on September 8th, 2010

A nice trip to take during the cooling, autumn weather is to Turin, located in Italy’s Piedmont Region.  This part of the country is located in the extreme northeast, sharing alpine peaks with Switzerland and France.

Piedmont is famous for many things in the name of gastronomy: truffles, wine, cheeses, herbs and meats.  A culinary tour of this fantastic Italian region is a great way to spend your vacation, especially if you travel to Italy during the wine harvest’s prime time (October through December).  And, while you’re in the area, a must-stop is the town of Alba. If you visit Alba between September and January, you can hunt white truffles (said to be the best in the world).  Yum!

Today, in a tribute to the Piedmont Region and its famous white truffles, I will share a recipe for a wonderful sauce you can serve over pasta or vegetables or on the side with grilled steak or chicken.

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 c dry white wine
  • 2 c heavy cream
  • 1 c sliced porcini mushrooms
  • 1 ¬º oz fresh white truffles, finely chopped
  • 1 c finely chopped shallot
  • 1 ¬Ω c fresh grated parmesan
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat butter in a large pan until melted, add mushrooms and shallots, sauté until golden.

Add wine and cook until reduced halfway, then pour in cream. Carefully cook, stirring often, until thickened.  Stir in cheese and truffles. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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