BOLLITO MISTO (Italian boiled beef and sausage with red and green sauces, for 6 to 8)

For the meats:

4 pound chuck roast, rolled and tied

3 pounds bone in beef shank, sliced 1-1/2 inch thick

salt and pepper

4 whole cloves

2 bay leaves

2 large onions, peeled

1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

2 celery stalks

2 large carrots, peeled

1 precooked cotechino sausage (about 1 pound)

6 sweet Italian sausages, with or without fennel seeds (about 1-1/2 pounds)

6 medium golden beets, turnips or rutabaga, peeled and cut into wedges

1-1/2 pounds small potatoes, such as Yukon Golds

parsley sprigs, for garnish

For the salsa verde

3 bunches parsley, leaves and tender stems (about 3 cups)

1 bunch basil, leaves only (about 2 cups)

2 tablespoons capers in brine

extra virgin olive oil

generous pinch red pepper flakes

salt and pepper

4 thinly sliced scallions

2 tablespoons grated horseradish

a few drops of red wine vinegar

For the salsa rossa:

1 cup cubed day-old bread (½ inch pieces)

¼ cup red wine vinegar

2 large roasted pepper (jarred are okay)

2 small garlic cloves

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon paprika, (sweet or hot are fine, as long as it’s fresh)

¼ teaspoon ground cayenne

2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper


1.   Prepare the meats:  Season chuck roast and beef shank generously with salt and pepper and let sit for 1 hour at room temperature or refrigerate overnight if time permits.  Transfer meats to a 12 quart pot.  Use whole cloves to stick bay leaves into whole onions and add to the pot along with peppercorns, celery stalks and large carrots.

2.  Cover with 4 quarts of water (or a little more if necessary) and bring to boil.  Reduce heat, cover with lid ajar and cook at a bare simmer for 2 to 3 hours, until meats are fork tender.

3.  Make the salsa verde:    Puree parsley, basil and capers in food processor with about 1 cup olive oil to make a rough, loose paste.  Transfer to a bowl and stir in red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, scallions, horseradish and vinegar.  Thin with more oil to desired consistency. You should have 1-1/2 cups.  (Both sauces can be made well ahead of time.  The salsa verde will keep for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator and is great on grilled fish, chicken or vegetables.)

4.  Make the salsa rossa:  Soak bread crumbs with red wine vinegar until soft.  Transfer to a blender or food processor, along with roasted peppers, garlic, tomato paste, paprika and cayenne.  Blend until smooth, thick and creamy.  Transfer to a bowl, stir in olive oil until it’s the consistency of a milkshake.  (Don’t worry if it’s a little thin.) Season with salt and pepper.  Taste and adjust seasoning – it should be spicy and you should have 1-1/2 cups.  (The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for 1 week.)

5.  Once meats are tender, remove them from the pot and set aside.  Strain broth through a fine mesh sieve and discard aromatics.  Ladle off any surface fat.  (If time permits, refrigerate broth and meat overnight.) Reheat meat in a small amount of broth. Bring remaining broth to a simmer and reduce for 10 to 15 minutes to concentrate flavors.  Season to taste.

6.  Bring a separate pot of water to a light simmer over medium heat and cook the precooked cotechino sausage for 30 minutes.  Add the Italian sausages and simmer for 12 minutes, until firm and cooked through.  Turn off heat and keep sausages warm in their cooking liquid.

7.  As sausages cook, prepare the vegetables:  Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil.  Cook each vegetable separately until soft but not mushy, about 10 minutes each, a bit longer for the potatoes.  Blot with kitchen towel, then arrange on a platter and keep warm.

8.  To serve, cut chuck roast into ¾ inch thick slices, and chop shank meat into rough chunks.  Cut cotechino crosswise into ½ ich slices.  Leave Italian sausages whole.  Arrange all meats on a platter, moisten with a little hot broth and garnish with parsley sprigs.  This meal works well as a buffet, or you may prepare individual plates.  Pass salsa verde and salsa rossa at the table.  Serve broth in small cups alongside, if desired.


from David Tanis, the New York Times

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