"Pop the cork on a good bottle of wine, and get the family together for a feast! This is stick-to-your-ribs food, Italian style; large pieces of Tuscan wild boar (cinghiale) are braised with cannellini beans and fresh porcini mushrooms, then served family-style with a spicy and tangy vegetable saute." — eat!
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dry cannellini beans
chicken or pork stock
wild boar (cinghiale) roast, cut into serving-size pieces
fresh porcini, chanterelles or stemmed shiitake mushrooms, thickly sliced
minced fresh rosemary
sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
artichoke hearts, cut into eighths
fennel bulbs, cored and thinly sliced
crushed red pepper flakes
freshly squeezed lemon juice
extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
grated pecorino Toscano (or pecorino Romano) cheese
chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
Very good, hard to find wild boar.. but worth it. Make this on a Sunday cause you will need some time. I will make again for sure.
This is quite good, though I did change some thing. I cut the recipe in half. I used canned cannellini (a.k.a white kidney) beans instead of dried simply to save time, so I skipped the first two steps until it came time to add the pork. I cut the roast into large cubes and rubbed with my own version of all-purpose spice mix then browned and placed in the pot with the simmering beans. Next I sliced button mushrooms (was on a tight budget...) along an onion and let it cook down then added the garlic and rosemary. Tossed that into the pot. I didn't steam the fennel or artichokes- Fresh artichokes were unavailable, the canned ones were costly so I opted to use the marinated kind which I rinsed thoroughly and diced. Also diced the fennel, cooked it down a bit in the skillet then added both veggies to the both. Made the garlic-chili oil, then added to the pot (I went a little crazy with flakes, so it came out a bit too spicy, next time I'll stick to what the recipe asks for). I didn't have any wine but opted to use some Ouzo to replace it, as it is an an excellent pairing with fennel (due to the licorice flavour they both share), and chose this moment to add that and the lemon juice to the pot and let it all cook for 2 hours on low. I made the topping described, subbing some of the parsley for fennel fronds. It seemed quite soup-y, not like a stir-fry as described in the heading of the recipe. So I added 1/2 cup of pearl barley and it thickened nicely. Served with biscuits.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Porcini-Braised Boar with Artichoke and Fennel
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 272
This simple Italian-inspired meal is ready in less than 45 minutes.
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