• Marina Capra

La cumpostia, the traditional Monferrato appentizer

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Since childhood, I don't remember a meal that didn't start with this dish. Today it is seen as an appetizer, but this recipe was born for quite other purposes.


The origins

In the hills, during the summer, different types of vegetables were grown in the countryside in large quantities: tomatoes, green beans, celery, carrots, ribs, onions, cauliflower, courgettes, peppers. With the arrival of autumn it was time to think about how to make these foods last as long as possible, so that you could get to the next summer without finding yourself with an empty pantry.


The Piedmontese appetizer is practically a pickled vegetables enriched by the sweet and sour taste of the tomato, it has become a typical recipe in great demand for its low calorie but very tasty and fragrant, a simple and delicious way to consume vegetables all year round and not just in the summer months.


Recipe

Oh no .. this time I can't give you the recipe. The network is dotted with procedures, ingredients, aromas, but in reality there is no real recipe: the only rule I know handed down by my grandmother is to put the tomato, in a 1 to 1 proportion with the mix of there is in the garden, along with some little foresight.


For example, if I have 500 g of mixed vegetables, I cut them into pieces of about 1 cm and I add 500g of blanched and peeled tomatoes (someone puts the tomato sauce directly to save time), a little oil and vinegar and then I leave it to cook for an hour. If stored correctly it can last for months.


How to serve the Piedmontese appetizer

Once the jar is uncorked, you can serve it in different ways: with olives, with croutons or salami, or, for the sweet tooth, with tuna in oil. Once the tuna is well drained, add it directly to the Piedmontese appetizer jar and enjoy it with your friends!

Do you want to taste a really good Piedmontese appetizer? We found it in the hills, in Località Valmanera. Agripassione managed to enclose the whole history of this recipe, in a barter!

You can find it in the Fé 'l lun-es box: the Monferrato box with everything, from appetizers to coffee makers. Don't miss it!

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