Fortunago's "Schita", a simple dish and De. Co.

A tasty dish in its simplicity: the "Schita".

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To have peasant origins, in the Municipality of Fortunago, there is also the “Schita”. As a traditional dish, it has been given the “Municipal Denomination” (De. Co.).

Belonging to the branch of "poor" cuisine, only two main ingredients are needed for its realization: white flour and water (salt is to taste), raw materials that are easy to find. The first is used nowadays, while in the past it was used the flour obtained, by peasant families, from the grinding of "minor" cereals or legumes, chickpeas and chestnuts. The second, however, from the wells available to them. The "Schita" was the dish par excellence, when there was little choice in the kitchen, often the decision of the dish of the day fell precisely on it. Despite the few and simple ingredients, it has a delicious flavor, it will be for this characteristic that its recipe has been handed down to the present day, becoming a great pride for the territory.

The preparation, as well as the components of the recipe, is easy. You have to mix flour and water until you reach a nice liquid mixture and then fry it in a pan. The only difficulty that can be encountered in carrying out is the thickness of the "small focaccia", which must be very thin. When a crust appears on its surface, the "Schita" will be ready to be served and tasted.

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