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Piedmontese financier: a poor dish but very good


We present the recipe to prepare the finanziera, a typical dish of Piedmontese poor cuisine made with scraps of white meat and veal.

Among the recipes for exquisite second courses, which come from northern Italy, there is that of the Piedmontese Finanziera. It is a poor dish because, to make it, only pieces of meat commonly considered scraps are needed. Ingredients include sweetbreads or veal brains. These are accompanied by other components of white meat, such as beef fillet and chicken livers and crests , an unusual ingredient, but which cannot be missing in the composition of this typical product. All, then, is accompanied by a tasty sauce, which makes this second dish exquisite.


Preparation of the recipe for the Finanziera

  1. Fill a saucepan with water and dip the sweetbreads and chicken crests in it. Blanch for 30 minutes.
  2. In another pan, pour the water and add a tablespoon of vinegar. Add the veal loin, the beef tenderloin and the chicken livers, all cut into pieces. Blanch for the same time .
  3. Next, drain the pieces of meat. Fill a tray with flour and flour each of them.
  4. Take a thick-bottomed pan and put the butter to melt it over low heat.
  5. Add all the meats, including the chicken crests, and sauté. Cook with the lid on, over low heat and for 20 minutes.
  6. At this point, add the mushrooms cut in half and the carrots (cleaned) into rings. Continue cooking for another 20 minutes , stirring occasionally.
  7. Towards the end of cooking, pour the wine and let it evaporate. Then, turn off and add salt, before serving.


For tasty main courses, but simple to make, the preparation of the Piedmontese Finanziera is an excellent idea. Storage is not recommended , because the texture is better if eaten at the moment.

The recipe for bagna cauda also comes from Piedmont.

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