Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Old-fashioned Veal Stew

Warm and comforting, fork-tender veal stew.
For tonight, a simple, old-fashioned veal stew filled with lots of flavor. Perfect for these warm Californian summer days... well, not really!! But, around here, if I have to wait for chilly nights to cook a stew for dinner, it might never happen.
Since I moved to sunny Southern California, I don't pay attention to the weather when cooking. Back in Italy you have meals that are season appropriate. Fresh and light in the summer. Hearty, spicy and warm in winter. Here, not so much! But it makes sense. With an average yearly temperature of  65 degrees it's hard to do. So when I'm in the mood for stew, and it's 80 degrees outside, I make stew! And enjoy it :-)
As you probably noticed from all my posts, I'm not a big meat eater. But once in a while it's great to have some tender veal, cooked with delicious tomatoes, sweet carrots and, of course, some Italian white wine!
Make sure to always have a cheap bottle of wine in the refrigerator to use for cooking. I bought mine at Trader Joe's this morning for less than $4. And guess what?!? The cashier asked me for my ID! That really made my day :-)
Here is the recipe for you!

Ingredients: Serving about 4
  • half onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • around 2 lb of veal, I bought shoulder chops which I cut in pieces
  • 5-6 leaves of fresh sage
  • 14 or so small carrots
  • 1 cup of crushed tomatoes (canned is fine)
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • salt to taste
Preparation Time: 10 minutes to prepare, 1 hour and 15 minutes to cook

Step 1: In a large pan, saute' the chopped onion in the olive oil.

Step 2: Add the meat, carrots, sage, crushed tomatoes, white wine and half cup of water to the pan. Cook over medium-high flame until boiling.

Step 3: Season with salt, cover and simmer over medium heat for about one hour and 15 minutes, or until the meat is fully cooked. Check and stir every once in a while, adding some water if the sauce gets too dry. Simple, right?
Buon Appetito!

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