Zabaglione Triffles

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You will find yourself exclaiming “Mangia!” with this delicious meal culminating in sweet zabaglione triffles with light custard, biscotti, and fresh berries.

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I’m not entirely sure why, but when I think of Valentine’s Day meals my taste-bud-brains gravitate towards Italian food. I actually don’t eat Italian food all that often and it’s not because I don’t thoroughly enjoy it – quite the contrary. One of my favorite restaurants in town is a little Italian place called Lola & Guiseppe’s Trattoria. Heck it might be my favorite Italian restaurant of all time outside of Italy itself. But since we try to avoid the outside world on Valentine’s Day, we just might have to cook Italian for ourselves instead.

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Mangia-style dinner to the rescue! To me that doesn’t mean a strict meal just to keep your body going but one that you can play with, make your own, cook alongside your significant other or friends, and doesn’t require a marathon cook-off. How does Bertolli Chicken Parm Bakes with a side of pasta and Fresh style green beans sound? And to seal the deal, mini zabaglione triffles for dessert. All of that just so happens to serve two, as if it were meant to be for Valentine’s Day! And as long as you hide the evidence, no one will ever know that the chicken parm was a frozen meal.

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Since you won’t be funneling all your time in the kitchen into dipping and breading the chicken (and making a giant mess of your kitchen if you’re anything like me), make this simple dessert! I have actually never had zabaglione before but after one spoonful I was hooked. Made from egg yolks, marsala, and sugar, it was like eating perfectly sweet custard, but not quite as thick, and the biscotti absorbed just enough to soften their exteriors but not enough to become soggy.  And the berries. Oh the berries. I used strawberries but you could use any medley you prefer.


So have I convinced you of your Valentine’s Day dinner menu yet? You won’t be able to resist the desire to shout “Mangia!” as you dig in. Also, when making your grocery list, check out your local Kroger or Korger banner store for a great deal on Bertolli frozen items. Kroger banners include Fred Meyer, Smiths, Frys, Dillions, King Soopers, City Market, and QFC. Find a store near you HERE.

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Serves 2


4 egg yolks, room temperature

1/4 cup dry marsala

1/4 cup sugar

2 biscotti, cubed

1 cup strawberries, sliced


  1. Fill a large saucepan with 1-inch of water and bring to a simmer. Put the egg yolks, marsala, and sugar into a large stainless-steel bowl and place the bowl over the saucepan. Using a whisk, beat the egg-yolk mixture until it has thickened but still forms a ribbon when the beaters are lifted, about 5-8 minutes.
  2. Place the biscotti into the bottom of 2 stemmed glasses or bowls. Top with strawberries and immediately pour the hot zabaglione over them. Serve immediately or refrigerate it for up to an hour.

Source: Adapted from Food & Wine.


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