Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy
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12 slices day old bread, diced with crust
2/3 cup warm whole milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten with a fork
1/2 teaspoon salt
Grinding black pepper
2 teaspoons minced parsley
1/4 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
1/2 - 3/4 cup grated cheese (Vezzena or Malga, both cow’s milk cheese from the region) but, if not available, use Asiago or Ementaler)
2 tablespoons King Arthur all-purpose flour
1/8 pound speck, diced
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 small yellow onion, diced
8 cups beef broth
Grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese for sprinkling on top
Place bread diced in a bowl and add the milk. Mix well and allow the bread to “soak” in the milk for 30 minutes. Allow the bread to absorb all the milk; it should be soft, not mushy. Stir in the eggs, salt, pepper, parsley, nutmeg, cheese and flour. Set aside.
Cook the speck with the onion in the butter until onions are soft and speck is beginning to brown; allow to cool. Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Let rest covered for 30 minutes.
Have a bowl of water handy to wet your hands. Test the dough to make sure you have a mixture that will hold together when boiled. Roll a small amount of the dough into a ball and drop it into the boiling broth; if it disintegrates, add a tablespoon or more of flour and test again. If the dough does not disintegrate, form 8 – 12 golf ball size canederli. Add them to the boiling broth; reduce the heat to simmer and cook them for about 3 - 5 minutes, or until they bob to the top.
Ladle two of the canederli into each of 4 soup bowls and top with the broth. Serve hot. Add a sprinkling of cheese over the top if desired.
Another way to serve them is without the broth, just with melted butter and fresh sage leaves.
Note: The canederli dough can also be mixed with fresh herbs or cooked spinach.
This recipe is featured on Show 2705 –Dumplings to Die For.