1/ Peposo - north Italian dish, beef braised in red wine, black pepper and aromatics. Traditionally you serve this w/polenta, but I didn’t have any, but still have ton of potatoes gifted by East Euros, so I served w/basic mashed potatoes and caprese salad. Directions:
2/ below is what you need. I use chuck roast for stew. I had 5 lbs, when trimmed it was just over 4. 2 carrots. Head of garlic cloves smashed. About 2 tbsp freshly ground b pepper. 3 large shallots. Handful Rosemary. Some bay leaf. Chop beef large chunks, salt, let sit for 1 hr
3/ add some olive oil to Dutch oven, get hot, then brown about 2/3 of your meat in batches. You want good dark fond. When you deglaze it will add much flavor:
4/ add 2 cups of wine - I always use chianti, cheap $6 bottle from TJ - deglaze and pick up fond. Then add 1 cup water. Add in all beef, all ingredients above, and 2 tbsp tomato paste, squirt of anchovy paste, few cranks of salt. Bring to simmer, put in 300 oven:
5/ leave in oven for 70 minutes, take out and stir. Should look like below. Notice that pot doesn’t look so crowded now - vegetables bleed out liquid, fat from beef renders:
6/ Back in oven for another 70 minutes. Then pull, and remove beef to bowl. Pour liquid through strainer and squeeze out all liquid, ditch solids:
7/ put your liquid back in Dutch oven, add another 1 cup wine, simmer down aggressively for 15 minutes, want liquid that’s a little thick. Meanwhile pour whatever wine you have left in bowl, mix with corn starch or flour, add to pot w/beef. Thickens it. Stir and heat.
8/ I always let this cool, and sit in fridge overnight. Flavors blend, excess fat rises to surface and hardens. Next day, you can scrape off excess fat, then take portion you want, reheat for 35 minutes in 350 oven and serve. This is very rich, freezes well, can eat for days.

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