Though I had a tasty ragù at the new Rosie Cannonball, I believe that this tastes better. That is takes at least five hours to create is part of the reason. It’s better with better beef, and make sure that it is at no more than 80% lean. Some good chuck, hormone-free from H-E-B worked very well the other day.
Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
Butter – 3 tablespoons
Onion – 1, chopped
Celery stalk – 1, chopped
Carrot – 1, diced
Ground beef, 80% lean – 1 pound
Whole milk – 1 ¼ cup
White wine – 1 ¼ cup
Peeled tomatoes – 1 15 ½-ounce can
Nutmeg, ground – a pinch
Serrano peppers – 3, seeded and diced
Salt – a pinch
Parmigiano-Reggiano – grated
- Melt the butter in a cast iron pan or a heavy-bottomed pot with the olive oil and cook the onions until translucent.
- Add the carrot and celery and cook for at least 2 minutes stirring to coat the vegetables well with the butter and oil.
- Add the ground beef along with a pinch of salt and a few grindings of black pepper. Break up the beef and cook until the beef is brown.
- Add the milk. While stirring frequently let simmer gently until the milk is evaporated completely. This will take at least a half an hour. Cooking the meat in the milk before adding the wine and tomatoes reduces the impact of the acidity of the wine and tomatoes.
- Add the pinch of ground nutmeg.
- Add the white wine and simmer until entirely evaporated, which will take another half hour or so.
- Add the tomatoes and stir in well. Cook uncovered with “the laziest of simmers” for at least 3 hours. If the sauce begins to dry out, which is likely, add some water. Before serving, there should be no water left in the sauce.