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Beef with Olives, Peppers and Peas
Yield: 6 Servings

2 lb lean chuck, cut into 1x1x2-inch pieces
1 ts coarse salt
1/4 ts ground black pepper
1/4 ts nutmeg
1/4 ts cloves
1/4 ts allspice
3 T all-purpose flour
6 T olive oil
2 lg leeks, white parts only, slit, well washed, and coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
10 sm white mushrooms, wiped clean and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 1/2 c dry white wine
2 c unsalted beef stock
1 bouquet garni
2 lg green bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch strips
12 black Italian olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
10 oz pkg frozen peas, thawed
8 oz can tomato sauce
3 T flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 T yellow cornmeal or semolina flour
salt
1 c Fontina cheese, coarsely grated

For the bouquet garni: 2 bay leaves, 12 fresh rosemary leaves, and
one 2-inch piece orange peel. Wrap in cheesecloth and tie with
string.

Sprinkle the coarse salt over the pieces of meat. Mix the ground
spices, and flour together and work the mixture into the beef
pieces. Gently heat the oil in a Dutch oven and slow brown the
meat well, in batches. Remove the pieces as they finish browning
and set them aside.

Add the leeks, garlic, celery, and mushrooms. Saute them for about
5 minutes, tossing them frequently, until they are limp but not
browned. Add the wine and deglaze the bottom of the kettle. Add
the browned beef, stock, and the bouquet garni. Cover tightly and
simmer over the lowest possible heat for 1-1/2 hours or until the
beef is fork tender. Add the bell pepper, olive, peas, tomato
sauce, and parsley. Sprinkle the cornmeal over the surface of the
stew and whisk it in well to avoid lumps. Cover and simmer for 20
minutes. Discard the bouquet garni. Salt to taste. Serve hot
sprinkled with the grated Fontina.

Serve the stew in a nest of polenta, gnocchi, or plain boiled rice.
It can be sprinkled with the Fontina and slipped under the broiler
on an appropriate dish until the cheese melts and begins to take
on color.

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