Beef Braised in Barolo

Posted in food, home cooking at 9:00 pm by wingerz


Two of my favorite home cooks recently recommended that I start watching the Cooks Illustrated TV show, America’s Test Kitchen. I watched two episodes last weekend (one on sole & scallops, one on fettuccine alfredo & beef) and was instantly hooked. Besides the great cooking techniques, I love it when the host (and founder), Chris Kimball, visits the tasting lab because he always has something pretty harsh to say.

In any case, I’d like to make all four of the recipes some time. That’s a pretty good hit rate for a cooking show. Jess invited us over for a potluck Friday night, so Lee & I decided to give the Beef Braised in Barolo a try (Can’t access the recipe online right now, maybe I’ll post it later). It turned out great and looked and smelled incredible along every step of the way. We used turkey bacon instead of Pancetta, which is clearly a travesty, but one I’m willing to commit in order to appease my Jewish friends. In the end, the beef was extremely tender and flavorful (after 3 hours of cooking in an entire bottle of wine). The sauce was a nice consistency. The recipe says to discard the vegetables, but I refused to do so after tasting a stewed carrot. We served the vegetables on the side. Click the beef for a few more pictures.

We also made a sour cream cake for dessert.


  1. jess said,

    September 17, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    is lee getting frisky with peaches in that picture? that beef was seriously yummy. we accidentally left the sauce out overnight, and our whole apt smelled like beef the next day. it’s better than any air freshener you can buy in the store!

    you guys have inspired me to be more adventurous for the next potluck. i’m already dreaming of new yummy recipes to make …

  2. wingerz said,

    September 18, 2006 at 12:37 am

    i think lee and peaches are just napping. that sauce was some pretty powerful stuff! i tried the eggplant recipe tonight but i think i may have undercooked it a bit.

  3. nimes said,

    September 18, 2006 at 2:14 am

    dude, you may have delicious and tender beef, but you will never have the emotional impact of my sad and happy scones.

  4. Tony said,

    September 21, 2006 at 3:18 am

    If you don’t already watch it, you should give Good Eats on Food Network a try.

  5. wingerz said,

    September 21, 2006 at 10:38 am

    Yup, love the show and his first cookbook.

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