Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sliced salt-cured, air-dried beef that is dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, and black pepper before serving.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Air-dried salt-cured beef fillet that has been aged about 2-3 months until it becomes very hard and a dark red, almost purple colour.

Etymologies

Italian, diminutive of Italian dialectal *bresada, past participle of brasare, to braise, from French braiser; see braise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian, from French braiser, to braise (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Air-dried cured beef is called bresaola; this is delicious served like prosciutto as part of an antipasto plate.

    THE TANTE MARIE’S COOKING SCHOOL COOKBOOK

  • As an accompaniment to the region's air-cured beef called bresaola and a morsel of Grana Padano or robiola cheese, there is nothing better.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • You can't help but try and sort out your favorites, learning to identify pancetta, bresaola, soppressata and mortadella.

    Cured, Sliced and Served

  • Made with a blend of Duroc and Berkshire pork, it's "kind of a reverse burger," Mr. Cruz said, with pork as the patty and beef — in the form of bresaola, or air-cured beef — as the bacon on top, and finished with Gouda and smoked pepper mayo.

    Neighborly Menu

  • A bresaola and pecorino taglierini, decorated with spring peas and ramps, is tasty and satisfying, and the special risotto, purple asparagus and artichoke with a healthy dose of Asiago cheese and crunchy caramelized shallots, offers a palate-pleasing meld of flavor and texture.

    Georgia’s Kitchen

  • Taking this as an invitation to dig in, Georgia smiled back, then scooped up some eggs and speared a few slices of bresaola and prosciutto.

    Georgia’s Kitchen

  • You can sample them alone or served alongside the meats I've mentioned, as well as specialty rolls with either ham and radicchio, bresaola and arugula, or smoked wild Alaskan salmon.

    Jay Weston: Obika: A Taste of Italy in LA

  • • An antipasti platter including bowls of marinated vegetables such as cherry peppers, artichoke hearts, olives, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, baby pickles, and hearts of palm; slices of fresh mozzarella; dried meats such as prosciutto, pepperoni, and bresaola; and thin slices of baguette.

    The Skinnygirl Dish

  • Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal The bresaola, shown here, is made with cured beef, treviso (a vegetable), mozzarella, stone fruit and balsamic vinegar.

    Refined Italian on Columbus Circle

  • Pulling up to the bar'll get you loads of vino by the glass, classically inspired cocktails French 75, Union Square Side Car ..., and smaller bites of duck fat fries, pretzels w/spicy mustard, and Kobe bresaola, also another dude you might want to hide the alcohol from, unless you want him to think you're accessible.

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