Mama’s Bagna Cauda

Bagna-caoda-300x225Forgive me if throughout this period I am writing more about food than wine, but how can I not, when I have a mom who prepares such delights?

Ingredients for 2-3 people:

2 small cloves of garlic, 100g anchovies under salt, milk, extra virgin olive oil, butter

Preparation:

I peel the garlic cloves (I also take out the little garlic germ from the centre) and I cook them in a little pot completely covered with milk, until they become soft.

I wash the anchovies, carefully remove the bones and dry them well.

I strain the garlic, put it in pan with the anchovies and abundant olive oil.

At a low flame, I reduce the ingredients to mush, with help from the tines of a fork.

I let it simmer for a few minutes. I turn off the flame and add a little piece of butter.

The Bagna Cauda is now ready to enjoy!

It is a very good sauce for autumn vegetables.

I personally like it over polenta or mixed with two scrambled eggs.

I see it pairing well with a Dolcetto Ercolino 2009. And you?

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