Baccalà lesso (Boiled Salt Cod)

FrankCampania, secondi piatti22 Comments

Baccalà lesso

Lent—la Quaresima in Italian—is the roughly six week period on the Catholic calendar between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Traditionally a period of self-sacrifice and fasting, in the old days the faithful were expected to abstain from eating meat and rich foods, and live on simple vegetable, fish and grain dishes. A whole range … Read More

Il Gran Bollito Misto (Mixed Boiled Meat)

FrankEmilia-Romagna, Piemonte, secondi piatti, Winter21 Comments

Mixed Boiled Meat

We usually think of boiled meat as a by-product of making broth, a humble if comforting dish for parsimonious souls. But in northern Italy, particularly in the Piemonte and Emilia-Romagna, they’ve transformed the dish into a regal spread. Traditionally, a true Gran Bollito Misto includes seven different cuts (tagli) of beef … Read More

Quick Note: Picchiapò

Franksecondi piatti23 Comments


We’re an old fashioned household in many ways. In the cooler months, making broth is a Sunday afternoon ritual in our house. And from broth comes boiled meat, an old fashioned treat that most people these days have never tasted. If it sounds to you like hospital food, think again. Italian … Read More

Bollito di verdure (Italian Mixed Boiled Vegetables)

Franksecondi piatti, summer15 Comments

Mixed Boiled Vegetables

Grilled vegetables are fantastic, but almost equally popular for a light Italian summer meal are mixed boiled vegetables (or even better, steamed) allowed to cool and simply dressed with olive oil and seasoned with salt, or—for a richer taste—homemade mayonnaise. If boiled vegetables sound boring to you, then you need to think … Read More

Papas arrugadas con mojo rojo (Salt-boiled potatoes with red chile sauce)

Frankcontorno23 Comments

Papas arrugadas

I love potato salad in summer but, variety being the spice of life, I like to shake things up a bit now and again. One delicious option are papas arrugadas, or ‘wrinkled’ potatoes. I had them for the first time at a local tapas place run by celebrity chef José … Read More

Lesso di manzo rifatto (“Re-made” Boiled Beef)

FrankCampania, Lazio, secondi piatti, Toscana15 Comments

Waste not, want not, they old saying goes. There are a myriad of old recipes in the Italian repertoire for making use of boiled beef leftover from beef broth, a brodo classico or a bollito misto. Of course, boiled beef can simply be gently reheated in its broth and served … Read More