A thousand uses of grappa in cooking

Jun 15 08:09 2011 Michele De Capitani Print This Article

Grappa is not only an excellent Italian product to drink and taste, it can also be an ingredient to use and make a dish special.

 


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Grappa purists might wrinkle up their noses when this product is used for purposes other than bare tasting, and when you use grappa to cook it would certainly be better to avoid using precious grappa, which would undoubtedly lose something of its uniqueness if mixed with other ingredients, but this does not mean that grappa cannot be used in cooking. Also wine is often used to cook risotto, sauces, meat and so on, and adding a bit of grappa to a dish, exactly as happens with wine, cannot be seen in a negative way if it helps you to prepare a sublime dish.

 

As above mentioned, you can use grappa to prepare both savoury dishes and sweets. Let’s begin with sweets, as also people who are not expert of grappa and cooking might find it easier to associate them to grappa. Grappa is used to prepare “frittelle” for example (a typical carnival dish) but also other types of cakes, like dried fruit or chocolate cakes, and to flavour jams. Grappa moreover is not only used to make food tastier, but also to preserve it. If you have never tried fruits – cherry, peaches, grapes – in alcohol you have certainly missed a unique taste experience.

 

As happens with jams, grappa can also be used to flavour vegetables, like asparagus, and many other dishes. There are many recipes that include grappa, and in few lines we can make only few examples, which can excite your imagination and convince you to try and cook these special dishes. As far as first courses are concerned, you can try risotto with strawberries, prawns and grappa, a very special dish to offer in special occasions. Another interesting first course is apple and potato dumplings with grappa, which is a rich and tasty dish. As far as main courses are concerned, you can try and cook chicken breast with butter, sage and grappa, a fast and easy dish to cook, or roast beef with pepper, spices and grappa, more complicated but tasty.

 

In conclusion, grappa is a very useful and versatile ingredient that you can use in different situations and contexts, and not only as a drink.

 

 


 


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