Bresaola with Arugula

Bresaola is a cured and air dried beef that is the specialty of Valtellina in the Lombardy region in northern Italy. You should be able to find it in a good Italian deli or specialty store. I remember whenever my Dad had some in the restaurant, I used to love slicing it up paper thin, drizzling a little extra virgin olive oil and squeezing some lemon on it for a little snack just before the dinner rush hit. It is even better when you add some arugula, shaved Parmagiano-Reggiano and cracked black pepper.

Bresaola with Arugula Recipe

Serves 4

6 ounces of thinly sliced bresaola
2 cups of baby arugula, rinsed and patted dry
extra-virgin olive oil
one lemon, cut in half
1 hunk Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
freshly ground black pepper to taste

  1. Using 4 small dishes, spread out 1/4 of the bresaola in each dish, slighty overlapping the pieces.
  2. Pile a handful of the arugula in the center of each dish
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and squeeze a little lemon juice over each plate.
  4. Top with shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano (use a vegetable peeler) and a few twists of the pepper grinder and serve.