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Milk Street Bowtie Tuscan Beef and Black Pepper Stew (Peposo alla Fornacina)

Tuscan Beef and Black Pepper Stew (Peposo alla Fornacina)

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Tuscan Beef and Black Pepper Stew (Peposo alla Fornacina)

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The simple, generously peppered beef stew known as peposo is said to have been created by 15th century kiln (fornacina) workers in Tuscany, Italy. Chianti is the best-known wine produced in that region and is the traditional choice for peposo, but any dry, medium-bodied red wine works well. Make sure to use coarsely ground black pepper, as it has more presence and better coats the beef. This recipe makes a generous amount of stew—about 2 quarts—so serve it one night with polenta, mashed potatoes or braised beans. The stew keeps well, so it can be made up to three days ahead and reheated in the microwave or in a saucepan over low.

6 to 7 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, well trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks
Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
12 medium garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 sprigs rosemary, plus 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
2 cups dry red wine
Ingredients
  • 6

    to 7 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, well trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks

  • Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper

  • 2
  • 1

    large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced

  • 12

    medium garlic cloves, peeled

  • 3

    tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2

    sprigs rosemary, plus 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

  • 2

    cups dry red wine

Directions
  1. 01
    Heat the oven to 325°F with a rack in the lower-middle position. Place the beef in a large bowl, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon salt and 2 tablespoons pepper, then toss.
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  2. 02
    In a large Dutch oven over medium, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion is lightly browned, 7 to 9 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until the paste begins to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Nestle the beef and rosemary sprigs in the onion mixture, cover and transfer to the oven. Cook for 2 hours.
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  3. 03
    Remove the pot from the oven. Stir, then return to the oven uncovered. Cook until a knife inserted into a piece of beef meets no resistance, another 1 to 1½ hours.
    See Demo
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  4. 04
    Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meat to a medium bowl. Set a fine mesh strainer over a fat separator or a medium bowl. Pour the meat juices into the strainer and press on the solids to push them through the strainer; discard any solids left behind.
    See Demo
    10 09 18 Cpk 193
  5. 05
    Pour the wine into the now-empty pot and bring to a boil over medium-high, scraping up any browned bits. Reduce to medium and simmer until the wine is syrupy and reduced to 1 cup, 5 to 7 minutes. Meanwhile, if you strained the meat juices into a bowl, use a spoon to skim off and discard the fat from the surface.
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  6. 06
    Pour the defatted meat juices into the pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened to the consistency of heavy cream, 5 to 7 minutes. Return the beef to the pot, add the minced rosemary and stir gently. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is heated, about 5 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons pepper, then taste and season with salt.
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Tip: Don’t be shy about trimming the fat from the chuck roast. Remove as much as you can, which may mean shedding about 1 pound. Pull the roast apart at the natural seams, then use a sharp knife to trim the fat and cut the pieces into 2-inch chunks.
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Comments
  • Maura O.

    I've made this twice and both times the meat had no liquid left after being in the oven uncovered. I would reduce that time considerable. Delicious but needed more sauce!

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  • Rosemary K.

    Watched TV show with Tuscan Beef and Black Pepper Stew.... nowhere is garlic mentioned (you can see it in pot for a second)...yet it is in recipe. What gives?

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    • Janelle C.

      Hi Rosemary,

      The ingredient list lists 12 medium cloves of peeled garlic. Hope this helps.

      Best,
      The Milk Street Team

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Tuscan Beef and Black Pepper Stew (Peposo alla Fornacina)

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6

Servings

4 hours

30 minutes active

Tip

Don’t be shy about trimming the fat from the chuck roast. Remove as much as you can, which may mean shedding about 1 pound. Pull the roast apart at the natural seams, then use a sharp knife to trim the fat and cut the pieces into 2-inch chunks.

Ingredients
  • 6

    to 7 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, well trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks

  • Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper

  • 2
  • 1

    large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced

  • 12

    medium garlic cloves, peeled

  • 3

    tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2

    sprigs rosemary, plus 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

  • 2

    cups dry red wine

Step 1 of 6

Season the beef

1
tablespoon kosher salt
2
tablespoons ground black pepper
6
to 7 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, well trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks

Heat the oven to 325°F with a rack in the lower-middle position. Place the beef in a large bowl, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon salt and 2 tablespoons pepper, then toss.

Step 2 of 6

Braise the beef

2
tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
12
medium garlic cloves, peeled
1
large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
3
tablespoons tomato paste
2
 sprigs rosemary

In a large Dutch oven over medium, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion is lightly browned, 7 to 9 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until the paste begins to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.


Nestle the beef and rosemary sprigs in the onion mixture, cover and transfer to the oven. Cook for 2 hours.

Step 3 of 6

Stir the beef, then return to the oven

Remove the pot from the oven. Stir, then return to the oven uncovered. Cook until a knife inserted into a piece of beef meets no resistance, another 1 to 1½ hours.

Step 4 of 6

Strain the beef

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meat to a medium bowl. Set a fine mesh strainer over a fat separator or a medium bowl. Pour the meat juices into the strainer and press on the solids to push them through the strainer; discard any solids left behind.

Step 5 of 6

Reduce the wine

2
cups dry red wine

Pour the wine into the now-empty pot and bring to a boil over medium-high, scraping up any browned bits. Reduce to medium and simmer until the wine is syrupy and reduced to 1 cup, 5 to 7 minutes.


Meanwhile, if you strained the meat juices into a bowl, use a spoon to skim off and discard the fat from the surface.

Step 6 of 6

Simmer the sauce

1
tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
2
teaspoons ground black pepper
Kosher salt

Pour the defatted meat juices into the pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened to the consistency of heavy cream, 5 to 7 minutes.


Return the beef to the pot, add the minced rosemary and stir gently. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is heated, about 5 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons pepper, then taste and season with salt.


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