Monday, April 20, 2009

Wild Boar Ragu

My brother has become quite the hunter these days so when he told me he shot a 200lb wild boar I wasn't too surprised. He had his kill broken down by a local butcher and he generously gave out cuts to family and friends. I was just home for Easter and my sister offered some ground meat that was in her fridge so I rushed home and made some homemade pasta and a ragu.

Ragu recipes are quite simple and you can play around with them a lot. The meat is the real star here so you want to make sure your sauce doesn't overpower. I made a homemade pasta that was a little wider than parpadelle to serve the sauce over. I let the sauce simmer for over 2 hours so the flavors would meld together. Before serving, I just sprinkled with some chopped parsley and Parmesan shavings.

Wild Boar Ragu

1lb ground wild boar (sub pork)

3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 yellow onion, peeled and chopped fine
3 tbsp olive oil
chili flakes to taste
2 28-ounce cans tomato puree, Red Pack brand if possible
1 28-ounce. can crushed tomatoes, Red Pack brand if possible
1 tbsp tomato paste, Red Pack brand if possible
1 tsp sugar
1 cup chicken stock
red pepper flakes to taste
salt to taste

1. Cook the meat, garlic and onion in the olive oil in a sauce pot over a medium-low flame, about 10 minutes or until garlic is tender, meat is browned and onions translucent, not brown (this is called "sweating" because it will draw out a lot of moisture and flavor). Add the chili flakes to taste.

2. Add all the tomato products. Pour the chicken stock into one of the 28-oz cans. Fill it the rest of the way with water and add that and the sugar to the pot. Stir and bring to a simmer. Taste and season with salt and cover. Simmer the sauce for about 1 hour. The sauce should be fairly thin, but not watery and very smooth. Uncover and simmer for 3 minutes if it is too thin for your taste; add a little water if it seems thick.

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