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Battuto: The Four Evangelists of Italian Cooking

When Italians cook, they start with something called a battuto, a mince of ordinary vegetables like onions, celery, carrots and garlic, that create a foundation for extraordinary flavors that really make a dish come together. These ingredients are often referred to as the four evangelists of Italian cooking. So many classic dishes from sauces to soups to oven roasting and braising, start this way. The word, battuto means to beat down, a minced combination of veggies achieved with a knife or mezzaluna (rocking knife). The mixture is cooked in olive oil and or butter until the vegetables are very soft. The actual cooking is called the soffritto, translated to stir-fry. Other ingredients can also be part of the battuto like minced herbs, often parsley, or pancetta or prosciutto or other types of salumi.

 

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  1. JANICE kENNY's avatar

    JANICE kENNY

    TELL ME IS THERE ANYTHING BETTER THAN ITALIAN DISHES, I HAVE WATCHED MARY ANN SHOWS FOR YEARS SHE IS THE BEST OF THE BEST IN MY BOOK.
  2. Rosalie A Rinaldi's avatar

    Rosalie A Rinaldi

    Mary Ann's cooking is wonderful and doable. I've enjoyed her program going all the way back to the late 1980's.

    I'm wondering about the new TV 'kitchen set'. It seems small compared with the previous one and very confined. Was this a studio move or refiguration?
  3. Caroline levine's avatar

    Caroline levine

    My trips to Italy with Mary Ann and our groups were highlights for me.Learning her recipes and methods was a rewarding experience. Is it possible to do this again?
    Warm wishes to Mary Ann. Caroline
  4. Caroline levine's avatar

    Caroline levine

    My trips to Italy with Mary Ann and our groups were highlights for me.Learning her recipes and methods was a rewarding experience. Is it possible to do this again?
    Warm wishes to Mary Ann. Caroline

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