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Pork verzini recipe with red beer

Green salami, what are they?

The Lombard tradition offers small pearls such as salamini verzini , which give the dish a unique taste and excellent flavour. Among the Lombard recipes there are some that allow for different arrangements and all respond to strict respect for local tradition: stewed or grilled verzini, for example, are variations on the use of the product that reflect two different solutions, both spectacular.

Verzino is a pork sausage which in its production includes two cuts of meat such as bacon and pork shoulder. The processing is rather simple, although following the rules of tradition, he chooses to add a mix of spices whose recipe is secreted by the master butcher who carefully guards it. Finally, the strictly hand-tying of these pork sausages gives the sausage the typical shape of a mini salami: a maximum of 5 or 6 centimetres.

How to cook pork verzini?

There are essentially two ways of preparing verzini : stewed in the typical Milanese cassoeula recipe, from which they also take their name due to the other ingredient, cabbage, or grilled. The choice of the online butcher Carne Genuina is to propose the second solution by adding another rather curious ingredient, which offers a truly fantastic result: red beer to be precise.

Beer is a little-known ingredient in the kitchen, but it manages to offer an edge to various dishes. Pork paired with beer - artisanal of course! - takes on an even more accentuated and complete flavour. The choice of the red version is a perfect compromise to tone down the sweet taste and increase the genuineness of the artisanal verzini.

Verzini with red beer

Few ingredients for a guaranteed recipe! Artisanally produced beer and verzino represent a guarantee, while the addition of a particular and rather refined ingredient adds that aristocratic and slightly naive touch to the recipe.

Verzini ingredients with red beer

Verzini recipe with red beer

Peel, wash and cut the heart of the celeriac into strips of approximately 2 centimeters, taking care to eliminate the external parts. Peel, wash and cut the yellow potatoes into small pieces of the same size.

Place a large pan with water on the heat, bring to the boil and add a handful of salt, then add the potatoes and leave to cook for 10 minutes. Once finished, remove from the heat and drain.

Preheat the oven to 180°C and when it has reached the temperature, line the pan with a piece of baking paper and arrange the potato cubes, the strips of celeriac and the sprig of rosemary, add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil olive oil and leave to cook for 45 minutes in static mode. Increase the temperature to 200°C and leave to cook for another 14 minutes, so as to brown the delicious side dish!

In the meantime, pay attention to the verzini : prick them with the help of a toothpick and, using a pan with a drizzle of oil, brown them until golden. Lower the heat and slowly add the red beer , until caramelized. Add the hot water and continue to mix using a soft-tipped dripping pan.

Serve the verzini, adding the potatoes and celeriac which will have finished cooking in the meantime and bring to the table. For an extra boost you can add a particular sauce such as yogurt sauce: light and delicate.

Genuine meat and Milanese recipes

Recipes with pork and vegetables can become the perfect compromise to convince the little ones to try a bit of everything. Sometimes it is the name of a dish that is the number one deterrent to avoiding the same dish but, thanks to the variety of preparation and the rich offer of Italian cuisine, delicious, tasty and truly appetizing dishes can be staged.

The regional recipes tell of a whirlwind of solutions which only with a little in-depth analysis can become interesting material to satisfy the tastes of all diners. Recipes with pork struggle to find contrary opinions but, should this happen, you can always play the "it's one of the regional recipes born from tradition" card. The same theory can be applied to other dishes, such as dumplings or boiled meat. The Carne Genuina blog offers various recipes with Italian meat , choose yours!