Brasato al Barolo

AuthorAlyssa Saltzman
RatingDifficultyIntermediate

Brasato al Barolo meaning "braised in Barolo" is a classic dish from Piedmont using slow cooking to refine the flavors of the wine in the meat.

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Yields6 Servings
Prep Time2 daysCook Time50 minsTotal Time2 days 50 mins

Brasato al Barolo
 2 lbs roast beef
 ¼ cup brandy
 2 tbsp butter
 salt
 4 black peppercorns
 1 garlic clove
 1 stick of cinnamon
 2 carrots
 2 celery sticks
 3 cloves
 1 onion
 3 slices pancetta
 flour
 2 bay leaves
 1 twig rosemary
 750 ml bottle of barolo wine
 gauze or cheese cloth

Directions Day 1
1

Rub the meat with salt.

2

Place the herbs and spices (rosemary, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, garlic) in the gauze. Tie it into a neat parcel (creating a bouquet garni).

3

Place meat and the gauze with herbs in a deep pot.

4

Coarsely chop the celery, carrots and onion and add to pot with meat.

5

Pour in one bottle of Barolo wine.

6

Cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours, turning the meat every 6 hours.

Day 2
7

Put some flour in a shallow dish.

8

Remove meat from the marinade. Squeeze out excess liquid. Set marinade aside.

9

Coat the meat with flour, making sure that it is well floured.

10

Wrap the pancetta around the roast.

11

In a large, deep skillet, brown the roast with the butter, on all sides.

12

When the meat is well browned, add the marinade.

13

Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Then remove the bouquet garni.

14

Simmer for 2 hours. Turn the meat several times.

15

After 2 hours, remove the meat from the pot and place on a plate. Keep warm.

16

Prepare the gravy by making a puree' of all remaining ingredients in the pot (use a food mill, immersion blender or food processor)

17

Return gravy to the pot and simmer to thicken

18

Add the Brandy to the gravy. Add salt if needed.

19

Slice the roast. Pour the gravy over the sliced meat and serve.

Ingredients

Brasato al Barolo
 2 lbs roast beef
 ¼ cup brandy
 2 tbsp butter
 salt
 4 black peppercorns
 1 garlic clove
 1 stick of cinnamon
 2 carrots
 2 celery sticks
 3 cloves
 1 onion
 3 slices pancetta
 flour
 2 bay leaves
 1 twig rosemary
 750 ml bottle of barolo wine
 gauze or cheese cloth

Directions

Directions Day 1
1

Rub the meat with salt.

2

Place the herbs and spices (rosemary, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, garlic) in the gauze. Tie it into a neat parcel (creating a bouquet garni).

3

Place meat and the gauze with herbs in a deep pot.

4

Coarsely chop the celery, carrots and onion and add to pot with meat.

5

Pour in one bottle of Barolo wine.

6

Cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours, turning the meat every 6 hours.

Day 2
7

Put some flour in a shallow dish.

8

Remove meat from the marinade. Squeeze out excess liquid. Set marinade aside.

9

Coat the meat with flour, making sure that it is well floured.

10

Wrap the pancetta around the roast.

11

In a large, deep skillet, brown the roast with the butter, on all sides.

12

When the meat is well browned, add the marinade.

13

Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Then remove the bouquet garni.

14

Simmer for 2 hours. Turn the meat several times.

15

After 2 hours, remove the meat from the pot and place on a plate. Keep warm.

16

Prepare the gravy by making a puree' of all remaining ingredients in the pot (use a food mill, immersion blender or food processor)

17

Return gravy to the pot and simmer to thicken

18

Add the Brandy to the gravy. Add salt if needed.

19

Slice the roast. Pour the gravy over the sliced meat and serve.

Brasato al Barolo