Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A POST FOR POSTERITY: NONNIE'S 'SHROOM STEW.


Here's yet-another recipe from Nonnie that screams to be released into the public domain. This time it's "Nonnie's Mushroom Stew."

You know, Nonnie has only one goal in life: That everyone can eat as well as Fat Sal, yet still fit into his ruffley, pea green High School prom tuxedo. We don't guarantee the latter, but the former is a piece of cake.

Nonnie's Mushroom Stew

* 2 lbs. veal--cut into 1 inch cubes.
* 2 lbs. bulk (i.e., without casings) Italian sausage--hot, mild or combo.
* 2 stalks of celery--diced.
* 1 each of red bell pepper, green bell pepper and hot chile pepper--diced.
* 12 oz mushrooms--psychedelic, non-psychedelic or combo--sliced or quartered.
* 3 cloves garlic--minced or crushed.
* 1 large onion--diced.
* 1 c. red wine.
* 1-28oz can plus 1-12 oz can diced tomatoes.
* 1-28oz can tomato sauce.
* Hot pepper flakes.
* Salt and Pepper.
* Parsely--chopped, a whole lotta
* Thick slices of Italian bread, or polenta, or rice.

Step 1. Fry veal and sausage in olive oil until browned. Remove meat and set aside. Retain enough fat in pot for Step 2.

Step 2. Fry the following in retained fat until softened: Onion, peppers, celery and 'shrooms.

Step 3. Add garlic to mixture and saute for 30 seconds.

Step 4. Add wine and reduce to approx. 1/4 cup.

Step 5. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and meats. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until veal is tender. Could take awhile.

Step 6. Adjust for salt, pepper and picante. Stir in parsely.

Step 7. Place slice of Italian bread at bottom of each serving bowl. Alternatively, you can add polenta or rice instead of bread if you're a WASP or something. Ladle stew over bread slice, polenta or rice. If you're like me, hit it with a drizzle of chile-infused olive oil.

Step 8. Loosen the belt on that prom tuxedo, Cinncinnati-girl!

In our next installment...Nonnie's Fucazzo. Stay tuned.

5 Comments:

At 7:00 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Man! That sounds delicious!

But tell me... Are you on vacation? 4 posts in a few days! you sure are beating me to it, buddy. ;)

 
At 1:30 AM, Blogger Fat Sal said...

Swiss Miss:

Vacation? Nah...just feeling a bit guilty.

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger Di Mackey said...

Guilty is good.
There are those of us who used to hang on your every word, who have suffered through the pangs of being 'Sal-deprived', who now clutch at these small posted offerings much as they would clutch at .... hmmmm, at ... a favourite old friend. A friend they would give a lovely big hug first time they saw them after the longggggggggggggggggg time of silence.

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger christina said...

Yeah, what Di said. :-)

This recipe has got to be good if it comes from your Nonnie. Must try it.

 
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