Sopressa Veneta dolce, that’s why it’s so unique

March 11, 2021 0 Comments

The sopressa veneta dolce is a salami that must be considered a specialty itself,
and it must not be confused with any other similar products.
In Italy there are different interpretations of salami, but only that which is prepared in the
Province of Vicenza, in Veneto Region,
has the Protected Designation of Origin recognition.

The sopressa is prepared with the pork finest cuts and
throat fat. The aromas that make sopressa taste unmistakable are only those of fresh meat,
and it must not be confused with any other similar products. In Italy there are different interpretations of salami, but only that which is prepared in the
softness of the meat and the creaminess are due to
the homogeneous distribution of the fat part.

History

The processing of this Veneto salami has a long tradition and even today is the only one
in the entire region with the Protected Designation of Origin recognition. Art history
and gastronomy lovers noted that already in 1577 the painter
Jacopo Da Ponte represented a similar salami.
The first documents of the Chamber of Commerce of Vicenza that
refer to this salami date back to the mid-1800s.

Production

The sopressa vicentina entered in the Protected Designation of Origin Register in 2003.
2003. Since then all the producers of the area who want to use the PDO brand must
follow the strict production regulations.
The true sopressa can be prepared only with the meat of animals born and raised in the
province di Vicenza. The animal nutrition,
health and growth are strictly monitored.

The meat used for the sopressa is that of the most prized parts, namely hams, coppa,
shoulder, pancetta and throat fat. To the fresh meat can be added:
salt, pepper, cinnamon, cloves and rosemary, garlic.
The quantity of these flavorings, such as that of any sugars or potassium nitrate, is
is strictly established by the Disciplinary.

Once bagged, in natural casings with a minimum diameter of 8 cm, the sopressa are
subjected to 12 hours of dripping and 4-5 days of drying. After this time
it is seasoned for a period ranging from 60 to 120 days depending on the weight.
of the sopressa.

Nutritional values

The sopressa should be considered, like other cured meats, a food that should not be abused. According to
the guidelines of SINU, the Italian Society of Human Nutrition, the portion for an adult is about
50 g, which generally correspond to 2-3 slices to be consumed no more than 2 times a week.
This limit should also be calculated taking into account the other possible portions of red meat
.

How to taste it

The sopressa is good with breador with a slice of grilled
polenta.
It is a simple food still made today with first quality ingredients that
have such a pleasant taste and consistency that they do not require any special preparation
. A serving of polenta and sopressa and a rich side dish of raw seasonal vegetables is
a complete meal that satisfies your eyes and palate!

Bibliography:
– L’Italia dei salumi. Ballarini G., Malerba F. Touring Editore, 2003 – 238 pagine
– Sopressa Vicentina DOP. Confartigianato Vicenza.
https://www.confartigianatovicenza.it/sopressa-vicentina-dop (accesso del 16.08.2018)
– Disciplinare di produzione della denominazione di origine protetta «Sopressa Vicentina».
Regione Veneto.
https://www.regione.veneto.it/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=5ef5766e-4bc8-4ea3-ac80126a0b1e6b4b&groupId=10701 (accesso del 16.08.2018)
– L’alimentazione negli adulti (16-64 anni). AIRC – Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul
Cancro. https://www.airc.it/prevenzione-tumore/alimentazione/guida-menu/alimentazione-adulti/#menu

Author:
Francesca Antonucci

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