Preparation info
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Appears in
La Terra Fortunata

By Fred Plotkin

Published 2001

  • About

Tills ancient farmworker’s preparation will not appear on any heart-healthy lists, but it is an example of how poor people in Carnia once ate when they had more imagination than food. It is also delicious and might make a good dish for Sunday brunch.


  • 8 ounces/225 g young Montasio cheese cut into ½-inch/1.5-cm cubes
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons/


Roll the cheese cubes in the polenta.

Set 2 nonstick pans side by side over medium heat. Melt half of the butter in each pan. In one pan, when the butter is hot but has not turned brown, add the little cubes of cheese. Shake the pan so the cubes move about. Cook until they are crunchy, then remove from the heat. In the other pan, make 1 or 2 sunny-side-up eggs per person. Once the white