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Lake fish carpione style

The “carpione” is an old recipe that allowed people to preserve the fish for longer. In the past, wine and sugar were not used for this recipe, but only water and vinegar. The “carpione” is also ideal for Lake Whitefish, another typical fish of our lake.

Ingredients (for 4 people)

  • 8 or 12 lake shads or 4 lake whitefish
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 celery stick
  • semolina wheat flour
  • sunflower oil
  • salt
  • 150 cl white wine
  • 150 cl vinegar (white vinegar, mix of red and white vinegar or even apple vinegar)
  • a bunch of wild thyme
  • 2 spoonful brown sugar

Preparation (with Lake Shads)

Eviscerate, scale, fillet (optional), wash and dry the fish.
Flour the fish, fry it in a non-stick pan, and salt it.
When the fish is golden and well cooked, lay it in a baking dish.
Cut the vegetables and sauté with a little oil and the wild thyme for 10 minutes.
Bring the wine and the vinegar to the boil, with the sugar, and then pour over the fish and the vegetables.
Leave to cool and put in the fridge.
The ideal would be to leave it for a few days (at least 24 hours), so that all the small bones that could still be in the fish can dissolve with the vinegar.

This recipe has been kindly provided by The Specialità Lariane, Tremezzina, Località Lenno

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