Corsican Veal Stew with Red Peppers
While I adore making a delicious classic Blanquette de Veau from the Ile-de-France in winter, the family also loves this warming Corsican Veal Stew with Red Peppers.
As you may know, my husband is from the beautiful island of Corsica and so every second Christmas we join his family either in Provence or at the family house in the village in the Corsican mountains near Corte. Believe me, either it can be mild or even much colder than Scotland!
This past Christmas Eve, we snaked down the long winding road to Corte to pick up a few things for the reveillon dinner: fresh oysters, a few baguettes, and a few logs of Bûches de Noël from the most reputed pâtisserie to keep the family stuffed over a couple of days.
With bells peeling, light struck the church tower and the last of the golden leaves clinging to the branches glistened like threadbare tinsel. A crouched elderly Corsican woman dressed head to foot in black scuttled into her house just after I took this shot of the Church. She must have been running in to check on her stew (known as a Stufadu in Corsica), as I could smell the most gorgeous fragrance wafting from the front door. The most well known Corsican Stufadu is made with beef and dried porcini mushrooms – for another time.
I picked up this Corsican Veal stew with Peppers from Rolli Lucarotti’s book, “Recipes from Corsica”. It reminds me of a Veau Marengo, invented in the Ile-de-France for Napoleon (even if it was originally chicken) but instead of adding pickling onions, carrot and mushrooms (also like in a Blanquette), this is a slightly lazier version.
Here I’ve slightly adapted the recipe by adding more wine, so that I don’t need to check on it during cooking for fear of drying out. I’ve also used red peppers instead of green, more garlic (because I’m not scared to any more), plus a hint of flour just to thicken it slightly.
Pasta lovers will enjoy this served with Penne – and the good news?
It freezes so well that I make double quantities: freeze half so that it’s so easy to whip up a home-cooked weekday dinner and everyone will think you’ve been busy in the kitchen. That way you can make time to bake!
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