½ciabatta loaf, thinly slicedFor drizzling:extra-virgin olive oilTo serve:inner celery stalksTartra50 gmbutter, coarsely chopped1onion, finely chopped1 sprig eachrosemary and sage1fresh bay leaf200 mlpouring cream250 ml (1 cup)milk3eggs2egg yolks20 gm (¼ cup)finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Bagna cauda1garlic head60 ml (¼ cup)extra-virgin olive oil10anchovy filletsFinely grated rind of 1 lemon
For tartra, preheat oven to 170C. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion and herbs and stir occasionally until tender (4-5 minutes). Add cream, simmer to infuse (2-3 minutes), remove herbs (discard) then process cream mixture in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a saucepan over medium heat, add milk and warm through. Whisk eggs, yolks and cheese in a bowl to combine, whisk in milk mixture, season to taste and transfer to two 500ml shallow ovenproof dishes placed in a roasting pan. Place in oven, carefully add water to roasting pan to fill half-way up sides of dishes, and bake until custard sets (30-35 minutes). Remove dishes from pan and cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, place ciabatta slices on an oven tray, drizzle with oil, season to taste, bake until crisp and golden (5-10 minutes) and set aside.
Increase oven to 200C. For bagna cauda, wrap garlic in foil and roast until very tender (35-40 minutes). When cool enough to handle, squeeze cloves from skins into a food processor, add oil, anchovy and lemon rind, season to taste with freshly ground pepper and process to a smooth purée. Serve with tartra, with ciabatta and celery stalks for dipping.
This recipe is from the April 2012 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.
A landscape of both fertile valleys and wooded alps, landlocked Piedmont, in Italy's north-west, has one of the nation's strongest cattle and dairy traditions. Tartra, a custard infused with onion and herbs, served as a dip, is a simple dish reliant on very basic farmhouse ingredients, and has been part of Piedmontese cuisine for centuries. It was often served with bagna cauda, another regional specialty, the pungency of the bagna cauda a contrast to the tartra's richness.
At A Glance
Serves 8 people
At A Glance
Serves 8 people
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