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Familiar to anyone who has diced vegetables for mirepoix or simply sweated sliced onions…

battuto e soffritto

Battuto, literally ‘beaten’, in a culinary context means chopped so fine as to appear pounded. A battuto, consisting traditionally of chopped pork fat and/or pancetta, onion, garlic, parsley, celery and carrot, is the starting point for most Italian recipes for sauces, meat dishes and soups. The traditional lardo – pork fat – is now often replaced by lighter types of fat, olive oil being the most popular. […]

Soffritto means ‘underfried’: the battuto is subjected to a slow, careful underfrying, as a result of which ‘a cook achieves part of that unmistakable taste which can be identified as Italian,’ as Marcella Hazan so aptly puts it.

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And so for day 2474

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