In Italy Overcooked Means Delicious

Stracotta is the Italian work for “overcooked”. Italians seem to have the ability to prepare (on purpose) something that is overcooked yet delicious as in a “stracotta” where all the flavors become concentrated and heightened. Some would call this dish braised beef or least of all a pot roast. Our Nonna prepared it this way using a ricer to make a rustic sauce to serve with this slowly oven-simmered beef.

An Italian casalinga homestyle dish from the generational recipes of our Italian grandmothers. This dish is a perfect comfort food for the upcoming winter season

Stracotta di Manzo  

Ingredients: for – 3 -4 lbs. of top round of beef

– 2-3 cloves of garlic thinly sliced – 3 cut up medium carrots – 1 large onions sliced – 2 cut up celery stalks – 1 lb. ripe tomatoes (peel, seed and cut them) – 1 fourth cup Capezzana Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1 and a half cup dry red Italian wine – salt and pepper and rosemary leaves – 1 cup of water

Roll and tie up beef and then make small holes to put the garlic in. Season with salt, pepper and rosemary. In a Dutch oven, heat the oil and brown the beef on all sides for a nice sear. Add the carrots, onions and celery and brown vegetables until soft. Add the wine. Boil until the wine has been reduced to about a half cup and add 1 and a half cups of water. Add tomatoes. Cover pot and transfer to the oven. Finish in a 350 degree oven for about 60-90 minutes. Remove vegetables and put through a sieve or ricer to make a coarsely textured sauce. Slice the meat and return to pan with sauce. Warm sliced meat in pan with sauce and serve with polenta or mashed potatoes.

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