All this fabulously rich sauce needs is a bed of broad noodles, such as pappardelle or fettuccine. This makes enough to tuck extra away in the freezer for another meal or to use when making lasagna.
- Portion size 12 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: October 2007
- 2 pkg dried porcini mushrooms
- 4 oz salt pork
- 4 oz pancetta
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 onions chopped
- 2 celery with leaves, finely chopped
- 2 carrots finely diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 lbs ground venison elk or moose
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon each ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon each nutmeg
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 6 cups chopped cremini mushrooms (1 lb/500 g)
- 6 cups chopped white mushrooms (1 lb/500 g)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 1/3 cup dry red wine
- 1/4 cup gin 5, crushed (optional)
- 1/4 cup juniper berry 5, crushed (optional)
- 4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons salt
MethodIn bowl, soak porcini mushrooms in 2 cups (500 mL) hot water until softened, about 30 minutes. Reserving soaking liquid, drain mushrooms and finely chop. Set aside.
Rinse salt pork; soak in cold water for 15 minutes (do not rinse or soak pancetta, if using). Drain and mince.
In Dutch oven or stock pot, heat oil over medium heat; fry pork until lightly browned and fat is melted, about 4 minutes. ¡Add onions; fry, stirring often, until softened, 6 to 7 minutes.
Add celery, carrots and garlic; saut?ver medium-high heat until onion is golden, 5 to 7 minutes. ¡Add venison, pepper, cloves, nutmeg and reserved porcini mushrooms; saut?ver high heat until meat is no longer pink, about 8 minutes.
Push meat to side of pan. Add tomato paste to centre; fry until darkened, about 2 minutes. Stir in fresh cremini mushrooms, parsley and bay leaf, incorporating meat; saut?ntil mushrooms are softened, about 4 minutes.
Stir in wine, and gin (if using); cook, stirring, until almost no liquid remains, about 8 minutes.
Stir in thyme, salt, porcini soaking liquid and 1 cup (250 mL) water; bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low; partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours. Discard bay leaf. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate, uncovered, in airtight container until cold; cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.)
Nutritional facts Per serving: about
- Sodium 558 mg
- Protein 20 g
- Calories 190.0
- Total fat 9 g
- Cholesterol 64 mg
- Saturated fat 3 g
- Total carbohydrate 8 g
- Iron 22.0
- Folate 8.0
- Calcium 3.0
- Vitamin A 25.0
- Vitamin C 10.0