Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Brasato al Barolo

Officially the traditional Piemontese recipe for Brasato al Barolo is as follows: (From Claudia C.)
Brasato al Barolo
2 lbs (1 kg.) beef shoulder
2 TBS (50 gr.) butter
3 TBS (50 ml.) olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
For the marinade
A bottle of Barolo wine
1 onion
1 celery stalk
1 carrot
3 cloves
A cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
A fresh rosemary twig

Combine the beef with Barolo wine , diced vegetables , herbs and spices and allow to marinade for at least 12 hours . Drain the beef and dry it . Put it in a saucepan with 1 TBS butter and 3 TBS oil . Let roast over high heat . Add diced vegetables and roast the beef until dark golden brown . Season with salt and pepper and add the wine . Continue the cooking over moderate heat , covered , for at least 3 hours checking it from time to time . Remove the beef and keep it warm . Sieve the sauce (or mix it in an electric blender), put again in the saucepan over high heat until thick , joining the remaining butter .
Cut the beef in thick slices and spread the sauce over .
When you use good meat you can eat the Brasato only with a fork !

However.... I made a "Version Edorovio" and it went like this:

Brasato al Barolo - Chez Edorovio
2 lbs (1 kg) chuck, brisket or any other long-cooking piece of beef including shanks.
2 Tbs butter
3 Tbs olive oil
Brown the beef in the butter and olive oil. When well browned, remove the beef and add
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrots
2 bay leaves
6 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 twig of rosemary

Sauté the vegetables until soft, return the beef to the pot and add with 2 cups Barolo or other good red wine, add 1 cup of water and a tablespoon of tomato paste, cover and place in a slow oven ( 300° F or 150°c) for 6 hours.
When the meat is almost ready to fall apart, move it to a platter and pour the remaining liquid and the vegetables into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour the sauce over the meat and serve with mashed potatoes.

You will not believe the beautiful aroma that will come from this fantastic dish! Neighbors three houses away will ask what you were cooking last night!


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