Pastitsada (Beef in Tomato Sauce from Corfu)

"The long, slow cooking results in one heck of a sauce!"
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Ready In:
3hrs 40mins




  • Heat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Rub veal with 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper.
  • Make shallow incisions all over meat and insert thin slices of garlic, using about half.
  • Heat 3 tblsps olive oil over medium-high heat until rippling; add meat and sear on all sides.
  • Add remaining garlic, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf.
  • Reduce heat to very low.
  • Cook, covered, 10 minutes, shaking casserole 2 or 3 times to prevent sticking.
  • Add wine and vinegar, increase heat to high.
  • Heat to boiling, then remove from heat.
  • Cover casserole tightly with foil; place lid securely over foil.
  • Bake 30 minutes.
  • Carefully remove lid and foil; turn meat with wooden spoons so as not to pierce; replace foil and lid; bake 30 minutes longer.
  • Heat remaining 3 tblsps oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until rippling.
  • Stir in onion; reduce heat to medium.
  • Saute until onion is softened but not browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in tomatoes, ½ tsp salt, sugar, 1/8 tsp pepper and cayenne.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Cook, uncovered, stirring frequently, 20 minutes.
  • Remove casserole from oven and increase oven temperature to 375F.
  • Pour sauce over meat; replace foil and lid.
  • Bake 3-4 hours, or until beef is fork-tender.
  • Remove casserole from oven.
  • Transfer meat to heatproof platter, cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Remove and discard bay leaf, cinnamon, allspice and cloves from sauce.
  • Let sauce stand a few minutes; degrease.
  • Use a small amount of the fat removed from the sauce to grease a wide, shallow, 4-quart baking dish.
  • Cook pasta until al dente.
  • While pasta cooks, put butter into a small saucepan and melt over medium-low heat.
  • Let butter brown.
  • This is knows as beurre noisette.
  • It should be very fragrant.
  • Add browned butter to pasta along with half of grated cheese.
  • Toss to coat.
  • Add 2 cups of tomato sauce and toss again; turn into baking dish.
  • Until veal roll and cut into ½ inch slices.
  • Arrange in overlapping row over pasta.
  • Pour remaining sauce over all.
  • Bake, covered with foil, 10 minutes.
  • Uncover, bake 10 minutes longer.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cheese and serve.

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  1. Kittencalrecipezazz
    Very good! I omitted the allspice berries and increased the garlic. otherwise made as stated, I served the veal with penne, we loved this recipe, thanks Ev!:)


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