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The Hirshon Croatian Beef Stew – Pašticada

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  • 3 to 4 lb. of beef round or other cut
  • 5 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4 oz bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cups wine vinegar (or more)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lard
  • 1 cup vegetable or beef broth
  • 3 onions, quartered
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut
  • 1 celery root, peeled and quartered
  • 1 parsley root (aka petrushka), peeled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup prosek or other sweet dessert wine
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 cup red dry wine
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-grated nutmeg
  • 3 prunes
  • 3 lemon slices
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard (optional)
  • Fresh Rosemary and Thyme, chopped
  • 1 lb. gnocchi
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Pierce the meat with a sharp pointed knife and insert pieces of garlic, bacon and cloves in it.
  2. Place the beef in a large dish. Cover with vinegar and leave it overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. The next day, remove the meat from the vinegar.
  4. Remove the bacon and garlic and save them.
  5. Put meat in Dutch oven or deep pot. Dust meat with flour, and then add olive oil and lard.
  6. Cook on medium-high heat. Remove the meat when it takes on color from all sides after about 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Fry the onion, garlic and bacon in the same oil for a few minutes.
  8. Return the meat to the pot, add broth and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes.
  9. Add the tomato paste diluted in sweet wine, then add the red wine with sugar and cook covered on low heat for 3 hours or until the meat is tender.
  10. Halfway through cooking, add the mustard, bay leaf, nutmeg, lemon slices and prunes.
  11. When the meat is tender, remove it to a plate and cut into thick slices.
  12. Purée the vegetables and sauce left in the pot with a hand blender.
  13. Serve with potato gnocchi and garnish with parsley, rosemary, thyme and grated Parmesan cheese.
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