Friday, November 21, 2008

Pasticada (Dalmatian Pot Roast)

1,5-2 kg (3-4 lb) beef round
5 garlic cloves, sliced longish
100 g (3.5 oz) bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
wine vinegar
1 Tbsp lard
1/2 cup olive oil
3-4 large onions, quartered
2-3 carrots
1 celery root (around 200 g; 7 oz), quartered
1 tsp flour
4 cloves
2-3 Tbsp tomato purée
100 ml (4 fl oz) prosecco
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup red wine
3 lemon slices
3-4 prunes
salt, pepper


Pierce the meat with a sharp pointed knife at random and insert slivers of garlic and pieces of bacon into the incisions.

Place the beef into a non-reactive pan; cover with vinegar and leave it for 1 to 2 hours or overnight.

Remove meat from vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Put in a roasting dish together with olive oil, lard, onions, celery root and carrots. Cover and roast for 45 minutes. Take out of the oven.

Take the meat out of the sauce.

Purée the vegetables with roast dripping. Add flour, cloves, tomato purée, prosecco, sugar, red wine, lemon slices and prunes. You can also add some vinegar, if you like.

Cut the meat into 1 cm (1/2 inch) thick slices (vertical to fibres), and return back into the sauce. Cook until the meat becomes soft.

Serve with potato gnocchi.

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