TV Dinner: Beef Cacciatore

TV Dinner: beef cacciatore

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Most people have heard of Chicken Cacciatore, but Chef Chris Manning introduces us to the less-renowned Beef Cacciatore.

Cacciatore, he reminds us, means “hunter” in Italian, so it’s a stew in the style of a hunter.

The chef uses leftover Christmas roast beef, but you can also use leftover chicken or pork.

If you use uncooked meat, you can cook it in the olive oil instead of reheating the leftover meat. Just cook it until it's nearly done before adding the vegetables.

Beef Cacciatore

- 2 tablespoons olive oil

- 1 pound stew beef or leftover roast beef

- 1/2 cup diced onions

- 1/2 cup diced peppers

- 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced

- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

- 1 cup red wine

- 2 cups crushed tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, or pasta sauce

- Salt & pepper to taste

Reheat leftover beef in olive oil in large sauce pan. Add onions, peppers, and mushrooms and cook until onions begin to wilt. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, then add tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add red wine and pasta sauce (or stewed or crushed tomatoes), put on low heat, cover, and let simmer for about 20 minutes.

Serve on rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes.

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