Wild Boar Ragu’ cooked in clay pot with mushrooms, Greek olives & Gragnano pasta / Αγριογουρουνο ραγου με μανιταρια, μαυρες ελιες και ζυμαρικα Νοτιου Ιταλιας (Gragnano village)
Wild Boar is a natural meat very low in bad cholesterol, low in sodium and an excellent source of monounsaturated fats and zinc. No added hormones, no antibiotics, no steroids, no additives.
Very high in proteins. Proteins are made up of amino acids. Our body use them to build and maintain our bones, muscles, cartilage skin and blood. Protein is also what the body uses to repair damaged tissue. The benefit of wild boar meat is it contains ALL the essential amino acids (proteins) our body requires.
Wild boar is rich in Iron, Selenium, Zinc. Rich also in Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2) Niacine (B3) ,Vitamine B6. Our body does not produce these vitamins naturally so they must be obtained from the food we eat. These vitamins are used by our bodies to convert the food we consume into energy. This improves our metabolism. A person’s nervous system and brain function are also dependent on these vitamins beacause they improve our immune systems, help regulate our moods and reduce stress.
- 500 g wild boar
- Gragnano pasta or other of your choice
- 1 onion peeled and halved
- 1 carrot washed and cut into large pieces
- 1 celery stalk washed and cut into large pieces
- bay & rosemary leaves
- 2 tsp juniper berries
- 1 lt red wine
- 2 lt tomato passata
- 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
- 1 carrot washed and finely chopped
- 1 celery stalk washed and finely chopped
- 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 glasses red wine (room temperature)
Wash the wild boar meat, cut it into pieces. Put it in a large bowl.
Add the onion (peeled and cut in quarters) the carrot and the celery in large pieces, the bay leaves, the rosemary, the juniper berries.
Cover with red wine and mix.
Cover the container with plastic wrap or a lid and allow to stand in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
Once the necessary time has passed, drain the meat and eliminate the wine, the vegetables and the herbs.
Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large frying pan or skillet and fry very slightly the garlic, carrot, celery and onion
Add the wild boar meat and brown it on all sides.
Add the red wine (3 glasses), lower the flame and cook for about 10 minutes so the alcohol can evaporate.
4. Add the tomato pulp, a pinch of salt and cook with the flame reduced to a minimum for about 1.5-2 hours. Stir occasionally and add some water if the sauce seems dry.
After 2 hours, cook the pasta al dente, add the paccheri pasta into the ragu’ and mix carefully. Serve immediately.
The first secret of this amazing pasta is the land where the wheat is cultivated. Situated at the foot of Monte Lattari, Gragnano village (near Naples/Campania) benefits from a microclimate made of the right mix of dry wind from the mountain, sun, and humidity from the sea. It was for this reason that, in the 18th century, the king of Napoli decided that only two places were suitable to cultivate the wheat for the rest of the population: Naples and Gragnano. The pasta also must be made by mixing durum wheat with the calcium-poor water of Monti Lattari.
The second secret is the carefully-developed process, which continues to be regulated by a strict standard of production. In 2013, the European Union declared PGI (Protected Geographical Indication): the pasta made under the name “Pasta di Gragnano” must be produced in a legally defined area that still corresponds to the territory indicated by the king of the Napoli about two centuries ago.
Finally, the dough must be extruded through rough bronze forms and, once it has taken shape, dry at low temperatures in the mountain air. The result of this long and traditional process is one of the finest pastas in the world.
excerpt from the article “WHY PASTA DI GRAGNANO IS SO DELICIOUS” (Eataly)
- 1,5 -2 kg wild boar ribs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup honey
- sweet paprika (optional)
- barbeque sauce of your choice
- Brush and massage the ribs with the brown sugar and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Next massage the meat with the honey and sweet parika.
- Seal the container and let marinate in the fridge overnight
- Place the meat into a oven tray lined with parchment paper. Seal it with alluminiun foil and (slow) cook the ribs at 160°C for 90 minutes.
- At the 90-minute mark, brush them with your barbeque sauce
- Return to the oven for another hour. Brush them frequently with the bbq sauce (every half hour it’s ok, but you can repeat it every 15 min too)
- Set your grill on low, brush the ribs one more time with the bbq sauce then place ribs on grill . Let the ribs cook a minute or two so the sauce can caramelize.
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A traditional recipe of Tuscany (a region in central Italy) is wild boar ragù with pappardelle (Ragù di cinghiale con pappardelle).
Boars are highly widespread throughout the region, especially in the Maremma, where it has became a local symbol. In Tuscany, wild boar hunting is both a tradition and a passion.
With pasta or in a stew, there are countless Tuscan specialties made with wild boar and you can taste them all at many food festivals (sagre del cinghiale), maybe accompanied by some other local delicacies, such as “tortelli” or “pappardelle” . Here a 4 steps recipe from “Jamie’s Italy” cook book by Jamie Oliver. Enjoy with a fresh red “Chianti lo Sterpo”
Sugo di Cinghiale di Mercatello (Jamie Oliver recipe)
2 1/4 lb wild boar cubed, trimmed of fat and sinew
2 large carrots, peeled
2 onions, peeled
6 stalks of celery
a handful of sage leaves
1 tsp juniper berries
1 bottle red wine
4 pieces of pancetta, black olives
2 – 3 small dried chilies, to taste
1 1 1/2 lb tomato puree
freshly ground pepper
1.Put the meat into a large sealable bag. Roughly chop half of the carrots, onions, and celery. Add to the meat in the bag. Bash up the sage with the juniper berries and toss with the meat and vegetables.Season with salt and pepper. Pour in half of the bottle of wine, topping up with water if necessary. Seal and place in a large bowl in the refrigerator overnight.
2.Remove the meat from the marinade, discarding the liquid and vegetables. Decide how you wish to serve your sauce and cut the meat accordingly
3.Heat a splash of olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Fry the pancetta and chili until the pancetta is golden and crisp. Chop the remaining carrot, celery, and onion, add to the pan, and cook slowly for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn the heat to high and add the meat to the pan. Cook until nearly all of the liquid has cooked off – this takes some time but will intensify the flavours.
4.Pour in the remaining wine. Stir together and continue cooking until; the liquid has nearly gone, then add the tomato sauce, black olives and a little water (if necessary). Season well with salt and pepper, turn the heat to low, simmer gently for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, adding more water if the sauce gets too thick.
Cook pappardelle in boiling salted water, drain it, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Toss the pasta with the sauce, adding a little of the reserved cooking liquid. Divide it amongst the plates and sprinkle with Parmesan. Enjoy with a fresh “Chianti lo Sterpo” red wine from Tuscany.
B.Heat a splash of olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Fry the pancetta and chili until the pancetta is golden and crisp. Chop the remaining carrot, celery, and onion, add to the pan, and cook slowly for 10 to 15 minutes.
Great food in a typical Florence taverna