Oh, the nerve!! Actually, nervetti. Wait, what? What does that have to do with food? I thought eating good food warms the heart?!
Okay, enough with the mystery. Today, we’re going to talk about an authentic Italian antipasto salad recipe also known as insalata di nervetti.
But what exactly is nervetti? Veal shank—tendons and cartilage, to be more precise.
A typical antipasto for the region of Lombardy, it was a dish commonly served in bars, to accompany the drinks back in the old days.
Tasty and served at room temperature, it’s once again a dish that embodies our philosophy of not wasting anything. We’ve seen that happen with countless dishes—from meatballs to the minestrone and the wedding soup.
Most recently, we spoke about our mission in the kitchen of not wasting anything, when we showed you that chicken cacciatore recipe.
Time and time again, we are convinced that the beauty of gastronomy lies in the lack of rules and this authentic Italian antipasto salad recipe proves once more that you can find a culinary use for any kind of meat—and even bones. Because, indeed, this salad uses probably the least likable part of a bovine—the legs, better known as shanks
It’s an unlikely dish. It’s a weird salad. You will probably wonder throughout the making of it if it’s actually edible. But really, we vouch for it, and once you eat it, you will too!
Here is the recipe:
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