Christmas · Cooking · Gluten Free · Life at Castello di Montegiove · Wine

Mulled Rosato wine

A very nice and not so heavy mulled wine made from Castello di Montegiove RoSaTo wine.

Mulled wine for 4 People:

1 bottle Castello di Montegiove RoSaTo

2 sticks of cinnamon

5 cloves of dried carnation

peal and juice from a large organic lemon

Sugar as you please

Add all ingredients to a saucepan and let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes on low temperature, adjust sugar and lemon. Serve in heatproof glasses and enjoy.

Bon Appetito!

Black Truffles · Cooking · Gluten Free

Stuffed Portobello mushrooms

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The large Italian portobello mushrooms are delicious and very easy to prepare. You can use them instead of meat for a vegetarian dinner, as a side dish or for a simple lunch together with a green salad and a piece of bread. You can even sneak in a grated black truffle for a more extravagant version.

As side dish that serves 4:

4 large Portobello mushrooms


1-2 large garlic cloves minced


Bread crumbs


Salt and pepper

For topping Parmesan cheese, grated.


Heat up the oven to 200 degrees.

Cut the stalk out and clean the mushrooms (save the stalk) and leave them upside down on baking paper on a baking tray.

Chop the stalk, and the rest of the ingredients in a food processor. Put the mix back in the mushrooms and sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top.

Place in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the parmesan cheese on top is golden.


Buon Appetito!


Cooking · Gluten Free · Life at Castello di Montegiove

Cherrie Clafouti


This recipe is the perfect dish to make during the Cherrie season. We use it for dessert, for afternoon tea or for brunch it is always delicious.



125 g Flour (if gluten free use the flour for bread)

200 g Sugar

4 Eggs

2 dl milk

750 g Cherries

Butter for greasing the baking dish

Powdered sugar for decoration


Preheat the oven to 175C. Butter an ovenproof baking dish wide enough to hold the cherries in one layer.

Wash the cherries and remove the stones and stalks. Add the cherries to the baking dish.

Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and add the sugar. Whisk in the eggs one at a time, followed by the milk until you have a smooth batter.

Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for about half an hour, until just set. Sprinkle with the powdered sugar and serve warm.


Buon Appetito!



Cooking · Gluten Free · Life at Castello di Montegiove

Pistacchio meringues

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Meringues or kisses as they are called in Denmark are so easy to make and they are absolutely fat free, just egg whites, sugar and in this recipe I have added some chopped pistachio. Whats not to like!


3 Egg whites (room temperature)

120 g sugar

25 g finely chopped pistacchio nuts

Preheat the oven to 100 degrees celcius and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until completely stiff, then while beating the eggs add sugar, a tablespoon at a time. Mix until the meringue mixture forms stiff peaks.

Carefully mix/fold in the chopped pistachio nuts.

Using a piping bag pipe a dollop of the meringue mixture onto your baking sheet.

Bake for around 60-90 minutes, remove from the oven and allow the meringues to cool before serving.

Buon appetito!

Cooking · Gluten Free · Life at Castello di Montegiove · Virgin Olive Oil

Mushroom Pâté

Castellodimontegiove mushroom

This mushroom pâté recipe is an updated version of the classic retro vegetarian buffet dish from my childhood in the 70-ies.


Mushroom Pâté (serves 4-6)

500 g fresh mushroom (cleaned and chopped into small pieces)

3 small onions, chopped

1 Garlic clove, minced

50 g Hazel nuts, chopped

100 g cooked rice

1 tblsp. Fresh or dried Thyme

30 g Gorgonzola

2 ½ dl cream

Olive oil

2 Eggs

Salt and Pepper


  1. Heat up the oven till 175 degrees.


  1. Cook the onion, garlic, nuts, mushrooms and thyme in olive oil. Mix with the cooked rice and all the rest of the ingredients.


  1. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour into a greased nice crock and bake the pâté in the oven for around 60 minutes.


Can be served warm or cold together with freshly baked bread and a salad.

Buon Appetito!



Black Truffles · Cooking · Gluten Free · Life at Castello di Montegiove

Truffle Risotto – Risotto al tartufo nero

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At Castello di Montegiove we are lucky to have our own truffle reserve with black truffles. We very often organise truffle hunts for our guests and it is always a great adventure to experience how the truffle hunter and his dogs are collaborating to find the funny little round truffles growing below the ground. For this recipe I am using the black Montegiove truffles.

serves 4

375 g Risotto rice

50 g Fresh black truffles, grated (leave some to grate over the risotto for serving)

1 small onion, chopped

4 tblsp. Olive oil

1 ½ l boiling warm Broth

½ glass of white vine

20 g Grated Parmesan cheese (or as much as you like)

30 g of butter

Salt and pepper for seasoning


Heat the oil and half of the butter in a large saucepan over a low heat, add the onion and let it fry for a couple of minutes, add rise and let it all cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add the wine and let it evaporate, then add ½ cup of boiling broth to the rice and stir until the broth is absorbed. Continue adding broth ½ cup at a time, stirring continuously, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente, about 15-20 minutes.

At the same time heat the rest of the oil and butter in a small pot and add the grated truffles. Warm up over a low heat, add the truffle mix to the risotto.

Remove the pan from the heat, add the Parmesan cheese, stir well, season to taste with salt and pepper, leave the risotto with the lid on for a minute to rest, then serve on warm plates and grate fresh truffles on the top.

Buon Appetito!

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Cooking · Gluten Free · Life at Castello di Montegiove · Wine making

Roasted chestnuts and mosto di vino rosso


The best thing about these first days of the wine harvest is the newly pressed red grape juice “il mosto di vino rosso” a delicacy closely linked to autumn. For us at Castello di Montegiove it marks the moment when the grapes pass from the vineyard to the cellar.

In the evening we gather around the big table in the kitchen with a glass of fresh pressed sweet grape must and drink it together with roasted chestnuts from the Umbrian mountains around Montegiove. We eat them with a pinch of salt and somehow, we always end up eating way too many, the combination of the sweet must and the salty chestnuts is just delicious.





Cooking · Garden and Nature · Gluten Free · Life at Castello di Montegiove

Apple cake with almond crisp top



End of August and September is just around the corner, the garden is full of delicious apples and blackberries just waiting to be transformed into cakes and other autumn delights.

This cake can be made with cinnamon for the Scandinavian hygge taste or with vanilla for a fresher summer taste. It is nice for dessert or served with a hot cup of tea on a cold autumn or winter afternoon.



1kg apples peeled and chopped

2-3 cups Water

Lemon juice

Sugar (depending on how sweet the apples are)

Vanilla sugar or cinnamon



125 g Almonds grated

125 g Butter softened

125 g Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

75 g Flour (if gluten free use the flour for bread)


Cook apples in water and lemon juice until tender. When cooked season with sugar, cinnamon or vanilla.

Preheat the oven to 190 C. Butter an ovenproof pie dish.

Pour the cooked apples into the pie dish.

Topping: Mix grated almonds, soft butter, sugar, eggs and the flour.

Pour the topping over the apples and even out.

Bake for 30 minutes 190 C or until the top is golden and crisp.

Remove cake from oven, can be served warm or cold, serve with blackberries and ice cream or whipped cream.

Cooking · Gluten Free · Life at Castello di Montegiove · Virgin Olive Oil · Wine

Octopus salat with potatoes

Castello di Montegiove Octopus

Insalata di Polpi is one of our favourite summer dishes. It is easy to prepare in advance and is perfect on a summer buffet, as a starter or for lunch with a glass of Castello di Montegiove BiAnCo.


To serve 4 you will need:

1 kg Octopus, cleaned and washed (remove the inside of the head)

5 large potatoes

Olive oil (Castello di Montegiove)

White vinegar

Lemon juice


Salt and pepper


Place the octopus in a very large pot with plenty of cold water.

Bring water to boil add salt and boil the octopus exactly 10 minutes, remove the pot from the stove and let the octopus cool down in the boiling water with a lid on.

Meanwhile peal, cut and boil the potatoes.

Cut the octopus in smaller pieces and serve the cold or lukewarm with the boiled potatoes, season with white vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper.

Buon Appetito!



Black Truffles · Cooking · Gluten Free · Hunting · Life at Castello di Montegiove · Special Events · Wine

Hunting, cooking and photographing

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This weekend we had a great experience with 3 Danish wild boar hunters, hardworking chef Mikkel Karstad and photographer Anders Schonnemann.

The hunters where out early morning and late night waiting for the boars. They all went looking for truffles with our truffle hunter and his dogs and found a nice handful of fresh truffles. Mikkel and Anders collected wild cicoria and herbs with signora Mara from the village and they made a gorgeous dinner together.

Saturday Mikkel grilled the meat from the wild boar the hunters had shot the day before and we all had lunch together in the garden under the trees. It was fascinating to see how everyone collaborated to make it all work out perfect. Anders made stunning photos of the whole event and we all fell in love with Montegiove all over again just looking at his photos.

A great weekend with lots of wine, fun and inspiration.