“(Stewed Beef from the Island of Pico) adapted from a recipe by Ana Taveira A caçoila is a large clay pot in which this dish is often made. Traditionally, the pot is soaked overnight. The next morning the ingredients are added, then the pot is covered and placed in a very slow oven — 250°F (120°C) — for 7 to 8 hours, or until the meat is tender. This is a stovetop version that my recipe testers quite literally devoured.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. 1. The day before cooking, coat the meat with the crushed red pepper and place in a covered bowl in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. 2. Scatter the onion slices, parsley, garlic, and bay leaf in the bottom of a Dutch oven. Place the meat on top and dot with the butter or lard. Mix together the wine and tomato paste and pour over the meat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook covered until the meat is very tender, about 3 to 3 1/2 hours, turning the pieces occasionally to keep moist.
  3. 3. Serve with boiled white potatoes and roasted red peppers.
  4. NOTE: Crushed red peppers are exactly that: red peppers that have been ground. Once processed, some Portuguese families, like mine, brine them, others prefer to add olive oil and salt to preserve them. If you can't find bottled crushed red peppers, you can make your own: Remove the stems, but not the seeds, from 2 or 3 large medium-hot red peppers. Place them in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of salt. Whir until blended.

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