During winter time, it's a perfect meal (and a complete one!) to warm you up and satisfy you completely! It's the perfect comfort food!!
For the stew:
1 lb cubed beef for stew, about 1" side
2 large carrots, cut in 1" pieces
2 celery stalks, cut in 1" pieces
1 large onion, cut in 1" cubes
1 28-oz can Italian peeled San Marzano tomatoes
1/2 cup red wine
1 rosemary sprig
3 sage leaves
3 tbsp Italian extra virgin olive oil
Italian sea salt
12 cups water
1 lb. Italian coarse polenta flour (bramata)
1 1/2 teaspoon Italian sea salt
First of all, start preparing your stew, which will cook for a longer time.
In a large and deep saucepan with lid (better one with a heavy bottom), over medium high heat, warm the olive oil and sautee meat cubes stirring to try to get them golden on all sides.
Deglaze saucepan with red wine and let alcohol evaporate. Add the San Marzano tomatoes with their juice and the herbs, stir, lower heat to simmer, cover with the lid and cook for 2 1/2 hours at least, stirring occasionally.
At this point, add the vegetables, stir and season with salt to taste. Cook until vegetables are soft.
While your stew cooks, prepare polenta: bring a large pot of water to a boil.
When the water boils, add salt and slowly add polenta flour in a thin stream, whisking; reduce heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes whisking frequently; reduce heat to low and cook for 40-45 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
Serve polenta together with spezzatino, either on a side or on top of it.
This recipe serves 4
- If you want a softer polenta, use a little more water; if you want it harder, use a little less water or cook it for a longer time, so that water will evaporate more: there is NO overcooked polenta ;-)
- It's gluten free and lactose free.
- If you have leftover polenta, you can slice them and make a "lasagna" with the slices to be used instead of pasta.