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'Taroz' from the Italian Alps

 
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Carole B
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:34 pm    Post subject: 'Taroz' from the Italian Alps Reply with quote

TAROZ

From the Mountains of the Valtellina

Ingredients
4 people

400g potatoes
400g green beans
200g semi-fat cheese
150g butter
1 large onion
Salt and pepper

What is it?
Taroz (pronounced 'tarozch') is a traditional dish from the Valltelinese kitchen based on the use of easily grown vegetables even in mountain regions. In fact we are looking at a dish of creamed potato and green beans flavoured with the traditional cheese and butter from the Valtellina.


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How you prepare it:
Boil the potatoes (best with the skins on to keep them intact and keep their nutritional value), together with the green beans. NOT runner beans but these:

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When cooked, drain and skin the potatoes, and with a wooden spoon, or a potato masher, cream the potatoes then add the green beans cut in 1" to 2" pieces.

Put this into an oven-proof dish alternating between layers of diced cheese and vegetables.

Pour the onion, finely chopped and fried in the butter and pepper, evenly over the dish and serve while very hot!


I can assure you - that if you like potatoes then you will loooove this dish! I could be used as a side vegetable, but up here it is the complete dish in it's own right!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This looks absolutely delicious!!

Exactly what kind of cheese do you recommend for this dish Carole? Is there a particular type of potato you prefer for it?

For me this dish would be perfect as a meal all on its own.

Thank you for it Carole!!!

You should know I adore my potatoes and green beans!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think something like cheddar cheese (which you can't get in Italy) or something similar would be fine. A softer cheese like Bel-Paese would really be a bit too mild. It does need 'a bit of a bite'!

As for potatoes - well any potato that you would normally use to mash for puree is what you need. I prefer the ones that are 'floury' and not the 'waxy' ones which I prefer for salads etc.

As a dish - it is meant to be a meal in itself!

Hope you enjoy it Rosie. BTW - Ciccio is just fine - thank you!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wowww! It looks delicious!!!
Thanks for sharing that with us! Dancing

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simy, you think you can cook dinner one night while you're here and make that? Jen is still giving me grief about you not making the pasta she likes so I told her you would make it this time.

Please don't make a liar out of me. I am in enough trouble.. Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Nuccia, I can cook the "pasta alla carbonara" for Jen (and for others too!). You remember what we need, uh? Spaghetti, bacon, parmesan, onion, eggs. Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carole, thank you for another fine recipe. Once again I have a dish that is inexpensive to make and delicious to eat. And quick too!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Carole that dish looks great! I have to try that! Simy...can you tell us more about "pasta alla carbonara" - like how to make it? That sounds great too! Pasta and bacon! Excellent Oh and Merry Christmas everyone.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Cathy,
I posted the recipe some time ago, here's the link:
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. As I can cook it, that means that's an easy recipe...! Enjoy it! Dancing

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the answer Carole.

I love cheddar cheese, so cheddar it will be! hug

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