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Bottarga

I'm looking for new ways to use bottarga. I like to shave it onto pasta, or crispy buttered bread, but am hoping for some inspiring new ideas. Thanks!

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asked over 3 years ago
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HalfPint

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added over 3 years ago

I think it might taste great on risotto or polenta. Right now, for some reason, I'm craving it in with some sticky rice, maybe a tiny amount in the middle of a Japanese onigiri.

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amysarah

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added over 3 years ago

It's good grated onto soft scrambled eggs.

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pierino

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added over 3 years ago

Bottarga is a bit tricky because the flavor is so strong (like colatura/garum). It's agressive. I'd be thinking about matching it with another seafood like scallops, or skate. Shaving it on pasta remains safe because it does arrive with arrogance and authority. But you could combine a milder fish in there. It "might" work in risotto but that's a challenge. Possibly crab meat in that risotto. Sorry, still trying to think context here...

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added over 3 years ago

I don't have a specific suggestion, but you might try looking through some old (medieval to Renaissance) recipes from Italy, England and Spain. I sampled bottarga at a dinner celebrating Francis Bacon--strong flavor is right. Sheesh, I can still taste the stuff!