Medieval Italian Stew (pie In A Pipkin)

  • on March 12, 2010
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Ingrients & Directions

3 lb Stew beef; cut in 1/2″ cubes
2 md Onions; chopped
Cooking oil
1/2 c Raisins
1/4 ts Each cloves and cinnamon
1/4 ts Each nutmeg, mace and pepper
1 tb White vinegar; or to taste
Salt; to taste

Brown the beef in a skillet in a small quantity of oil. Place browned
beef *and its juices* in a stewpot. Add more oil (if necessary) to
the skillet; saute onions until tender and translucent. Add onions
to stewpot. Add raisins and spices to the meat mixture, along with a
small quantity of water (approximately 1/2 cup). There should be just
enough water to prevent scorching and to help form the gravy.

Bring stew to a boil and reduce immediately to a simmer. Simmer,
covered, until meat is tender (about 1-1/2 to 2 hours). Stir
occasionally. Add water as necessary. When beef is cooked, add
vinegar and salt. Cook a few minutes more.

Carroll-Mann wrote: “This is a recipe I adapted from a 16th century
translation of a medieval Italian cookbook. The recipe is called “Pie
in a Pipkin” which means (crustless) meat pie in a stewpot. It has a
nice thick gravy and a sweet/tart flavor.”

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