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Tortellini of Modena

Oct 27, 2014 4:07:20 PM Posted By admin admins

History and origin of tortellini di Modena


The origin of the name comes from the diminutive of tortellini tortelli and Italian cake. The tortellini is a type of pasta typical Emilian cuisine and the tortellini of Modena are among the best known and appreciated dishes of Italian gastronomy. This type of pasta was originally a peasant dish, created to reuse the meat that was advancing from the rich tables. Nowadays, the tortellini are considered a dish that is cooked especially in times of celebration, such as tortellini in broth that are a typical dish of Christmas dinner in many regions of Italy.


Some legends about the birth of tortellini


Modena on tortellino there are several legends and traditions. According to one of these, the tortellini was born in Castelfranco Emilia for the work of the owner of an inn, spying through the keyhole a noblewoman who was staying there, was so amazed by the beauty of her navel that he decided to reproduce this form in a particular type of pasta.


The different ways to cook the tortellini di Modena


The Modena tortellini are used in different recipes and ways of cooking vary from region to region. According to the traditional recipe, tortellini must be cooked in meat broth capon or chicken. A common recipe is to cook the tortellini in vegetable stock and then toss with the cream. Another variant are the tortellini with meat sauce, although in this case we lose the flavor of the meat filling. In some regions of Italy they are not cooked tortellini in broth, but eaten dry seasoned with sour cream or with butter. The tortellini filling of Modena is not always the flesh, because especially in the Mantua area, the tortellini are filled with pumpkin or with chocolate, cheese and jam.

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