Cervelle de canut

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Cervelle de canut is a traditional French dish originating from the city of Lyon. The name translates to "silk worker's brains", a nod to the city's historical silk industry. Despite its name, the dish does not contain brains but is a type of cheese spread, typically made from fromage blanc or quark.

History[edit | edit source]

The dish is deeply rooted in the culinary traditions of Lyon, a city often referred to as the gastronomic capital of France. The name "Cervelle de canut" is a tribute to the city's silk workers, known as canuts, who were prevalent in the 19th century. The dish was a staple in the diet of these workers due to its affordability and ease of preparation.

Preparation[edit | edit source]

Cervelle de canut is made by mixing fromage blanc or quark with a variety of ingredients such as chopped herbs, shallots, salt, pepper, vinegar, and olive oil. The mixture is then left to marinate for a few hours to allow the flavors to meld together. The dish is typically served chilled and spread on bread, but it can also be used as a dip for vegetables.

Variations[edit | edit source]

While the traditional recipe for Cervelle de canut is quite simple, there are many variations of the dish. Some recipes may include additional ingredients like garlic, chives, or parsley. Others may substitute the fromage blanc or quark with other types of soft, creamy cheeses.

Cultural Significance[edit | edit source]

Cervelle de canut is more than just a dish in Lyon; it is a symbol of the city's rich history and culinary tradition. It is often served in bouchons, traditional Lyonnaise restaurants, and is a staple at local festivals and events.



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