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Biscotti di Vino

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Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Today: A cocktail snack worthy of Spirit Week. 

Biscotti di Vino by Food52

One day I decided that my workplace would be greatly enhanced by “spirit week,” the sort that used to animate my high school days, during which everyone would come to school in pajamas, or wearing cheerleading uniforms.

Of course, I did not wear a cheerleading uniform; in fact I sat in the park across from school pulling on a Merit and showing dark disdain for my classmates during this period. But now as an adult, I felt the need to reclaim this tradition, by torturing my colleagues, who gamely, if somewhat grumpily agreed to wear crazy hats and the like for a quiet week of August. 

Their favorite day of all, of course, was cocktails and snacks day, for which I offered Biscotti di Vino among the treats. Make no mistake, this recipe will confuse some people. They will reach in expecting some mildly sweet cookie, and will be rewarded instead with a mouth of wine. 

This is a weird but really great savory snack that pairs well with every sort of cocktail but especially vino, of course, and could not be more of a cinch to make. I used a fairly nice Pinot and my best olive oil, which may have been slightly fruitier than we all needed. Next time I might try vegetable oil and let the wine do the talking. I got way way more biscotti than 24 -- almost double really -- but that may be because I made them on the small side. 

Go team!

Biscotti di Vino by cucina di mamina

Makes around 24 biscotti

1 cup red wine (full-bodied)
1 cup vegetable or olive oil
4 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cups organic granulated sugar (unbleached)
2 teaspoons salt

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

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about 1 year ago Barbara Siquoia

I just love everything that is written here from your side story behind the preparation is really full of joy. - Lindsay Rosenwald

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about 1 year ago cucina di mammina

thank you Barbara Siquoia for your kind comment and compliments. i adore food and i owe it to my famiglia who taught me at an early age to appreciate all that made it to our table from the simplest ingredients to the most complicated preparations.

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over 1 year ago cucina di mammina

Jann, thanks for commenting about taralli. I am currently working on refining our family recipes as their are many of them in the mix. We made taralli in the fall and winter to enjoy during all the holidays. Visit my blog and you will see my recipe for taralli very soon.

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over 1 year ago cucina di mammina

Many thanks Jesti for featuring my biscotti di vino recipe in your article. I love that you enjoyed them as much as we do and even though these were originally designed to be served before and after dinner, we find ourselves reaching for them all day long (even at breakfast.) Molto grazie!

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over 1 year ago Brette Warshaw

These were so good. I ate them for breakfast.

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over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

I think these are similar or same as taralli? Love these with an aparetivo!

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over 1 year ago ryanm

I was thinking the same thing, though the taralli I've had have been made with white wine. Same idea, though, and probably just as good.

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over 1 year ago cucina di mammina

These biscotti are somewhat similar to taralli, but in our famiglia"'s recipe, the taralli has little to no sugar and are made with white wine and even a shot of sweet liquor.