Peposo alla Fornacina Recipe

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Sorry for doubling my recipe, I act before thinking, the correct language should be english.

Peposo alla Fornacina is one of that historical recipes of italian popular cuisine that if you do it respecting the old rules produce a tasty but “not refined” dish. I developed it in my own way using tricks and tips received or stolen from friend chefs. The base ingredient for this recipe is beef. The best cut you can use is the ossi buchi one, obviously whitout any bones and holes. The original recipe, used by the hard workers of the tuscan furnaces (where they produce “cotto” tiles), presumes to add all ingredients at the same time and put the skillet inside the furnace (close to the mouth where temperatures are low) and let it simmer till lunch (4 hours later). Using this method the result is a stew with all ingredients not perfectly armonized together. So, this is my way:

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Servings: 6


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  • ingredients for 6 portions:
  • 2,5 pounds of beef cubed (not too small)
  • Evo oil 9 tablespoons
  • 1 big carrot
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 stem of celery
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste (the concentrated the better)
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of white pepper grains
  • ½ tabelspoon of grounded black pepper
  • salt as taste
  • 1 and ½ tablespoon of cocoa powder (not sweetened)
  • ½ ripe pear (the sweeter the better)
  • 1 bottle of strong red wine (if you want to be precise use Chianti classico riserva)


  1. In a deep skillet or a casserole warm up the oil. When the oil will be ready, put in the beef and let it take a nice brown colour than set aside. In the residual oil put all the grounded vegetables and let them caramelize till nice and brown. Put back the beef and add the tomato paste. Than add the whole bottle of wine, cloves, pepper grains and the grounded black pepper. Cover and let it simmer on low heat for about 2 hour, checking and whisking from time to time. Than add the cocoa powder and whisk. Add some liquid if needed (could be hot water or some more wine or beef stock) than cover and let it simmer for another 30 minutes. After add the grounded pear and whisk it in the sauce. Add some salt as taste and serve it hot.
  2. A common side dish could be polenta.
  3. Wash it down with the same wine you used to cook.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 259g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 402  
Calories from Fat 207 51%
Total Fat 23.01g 29%
Saturated Fat 9.24g 37%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 154mg 6%
Potassium 670mg 19%
Total Carbs 8.86g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1.6g 5%
Sugars 4.25g 3%
Protein 25.7g 41%
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  • Claudia lamascolo
    September 19, 2010
    Fabulous recipe all the best ingredient! Gracie!!!
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    • Gino la Tilla
      September 19, 2010
      thank you, i don't know if my english translation is clear enough, let me know

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