Prosecco is an Italian white wine typical of the region Veneto which is located on the northern east side of the country. Veneto is the region of charming places like Venice and Verona (the city of Romeo and Juliet). Actually the name Prosecco comes from a small town in that area.
Basically there are three types of Prosecco: tranquillo, spumante, frizzante, depending on the production process. Tranquillo means still, spumante means sparkling and frizzante means bubbly. While tranquillo is characterized by a fruity scent, spumante and frizzante are actually sparkling white wines.
If you are thinking Prosecco vs. Champagne just consider that Prosecco is the most exported Italian wine and in 2014 – for the first time – it overtook Champagne.
The color of Prosecco wine should be light yellow, the taste subtle and delicate. For these characteristics Prosecco can be consumed while dining.
Prosecco can also be a good choice for many other occasions. In Italy a glass (or two 🙂 ) of Prosecco is considered a perfect drink for an Happy Hour gathering and like many other white wines, Prosecco combines really well with typical sea food recipes.
Grandma and I really enjoy inviting friends over, especially on a late Saturday afternoon, to have appetizers together and very often she chooses to serve Prosecco.
These gatherings are particularly nice in the summer time when around 7.00 p.m. everybody comes from a day spent at the beach to Grandma’s garden.
She – of course – doesn’t stay all day at the beach so after lunch she usually starts preparing all sorts of delicious appetizers recipes like small pizzas, croutons, Parma ham and all sorts of Italian cheeses served with homemade jams and of course a glass of fresh sparkling Prosecco wine. At sunset, surrounded by the scent and fragrance of the Mediterranean herbs in Grandma’s garden, many friend and neighbors often say that Paradise probably feels like that!
During early summer, plunged in the beautiful nature of Tuscany, with Oleander trees and Bougainvilleas, Rosemary and Myrtle, Helichrysum and Eucalyptus, Prosecco wine seems to taste even better than usual!
Like most Italian wines, Prosecco and its vineyards holds the story and the traditions of its original territory.
You can serve Prosecco as a drink, along with sea food recipes or delicious desserts but you can also use Prosecco Italian sparkling wine to cook.
If you are making risotto for instance you can use a half glass of Prosecco to simmer.
When my Italian Grandma cooks risotto she usually sauté garlic, thin sliced celery and carrots in olive oil then adds rice, she stirs for a couple of minutes and adds wine to simmer until reduced. She then proceeds and cooks her rice recipe using broth and finally decides what kind of seasoning she wants for her risotto: it can be mushroom, pumpkin, sea food, sausage, asparagus and many other delicious versions of risotto, usually depending on the season of the year.
So that was how to make Risotto with Prosecco wine.
You can use Prosecco wine to give more taste to a Salmon filet, this is how you do it:
fresh herbs like thyme and oregano
a half glass of Prosecco
Heat butter and garlic in a skillet on medium-low.
Add Salmon filet with fresh herbs and let cook about 6 minutes on each side.
I’d do three minutes on one side, then flip the filet and then repeat on both sides. Make sure the salmon is thoroughly cooked and lightly golden.
Add salt and – when almost ready – pour a half glass of Prosecco wine, turn on medium-high to simmer until reduced.
Serve with a little pink pepper on top.
Another recipe you could try is Turkey or Chicken breast with sage and Prosecco wine.
Prosecco and Sage Escalope (Chicken or Turkey):
chicken or turkey breasts (whichever you prefer)
fresh sage leaves
extra virgin olive oil
half glass of Prosecco Italian wine
freshly ground black pepper
Coat turkey or chicken breasts in almond flour.
Sauté garlic in a skillet with extra virgin olive oil until lightly golden.
Add turkey or chicken breast, add fresh sage and lemon zest and let cook thoroughly on both sides.
Add salt to taste and when almost ready pour a half glass of Prosecco wine and let simmer until reduced.
Serve the escalope with freshly ground black pepper.
Hang on…I have more for you…
Still thinking Prosecco vs. Champagne?
Here’s a bonus recipe for you today:
You know, they say “Strawberry and Champagne”…well I’ll say “Strawberry and Prosecco”!
I’ll tell you why, I don’t think there’s anything better than a good slice of Strawberry pie (or two 🙂 ) with a fresh, cool glass of Prosecco Italian white wine!
Here is my Strawberry Pie Recipe for you:
Follow the recipe to make “Easy puff pastry” that you’ll find in this article:
Besides Puff Pastry, you’ll also need:
about 2 Ibs fresh strawberries
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup strawberry jam
1/2 cup water
After your dough is ready and rolled, lay it in a pie pan.
Pierce the dough with a fork and bake in preheated oven at 400°F. for about 25/30 minutes, until lightly golden. Let it cool off.
Cut strawberries and cook them in a pan on medium low heat with sugar. Add water if necessary.
When strawberries are cooked you’ll end up with a smooth sauce (not too liquid but not too thick either).
Let strawberry sauce cool off with a vanilla stick in it to release the flavor.
When pie crust is cooled off coat with a layer of strawberry jam (choose organic, with no added sugar if possible).
When strawberry sauce is also cooled off pour it on top of strawberry jam to “fill” the pie.
Refrigerate for at least two/three hour before you serve, with a glass of Prosecco of course!
As you can see there are no limits to what you can create when you have a bottle of Prosecco Italian sparkling wine and fresh ingredients.
- Bottom line
Whether you’ll serve it with a set of tasty and delicious appetizers, along with a dessert like a strawberry pie or a raspberry cheesecake, or you use it to prepare mouth watering recipes like risotto, salmon filets or an escalope, there are infinite ways in which you can enjoy this traditional Italian wine.
Let me know If you have special recipes you’d like to share, I’d be happy to hear from you. Or you can try the ones I’ve suggested in this article and let me know if you liked them.
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