For a Hearty Winter Stew try Grillade Saint Gilloise
A slow-cooked meat stew, Grillade Saint-Gilloise, might be the perfect winter recipe. A hearty meat dish, this recipe typically includes beef or bull (taureau) chuck, onions, anchovy fillets, and capers. Sometimes called agrillade, aigriade, in Arles broufade, in Provencal broufado. The key to this recipe is the long marinating time. We recommend at least overnight.
This traditional dish from the Gard has its start as a humble dish of the Rhône River mariners. Prepared in advance, they could eat this hearty stew on their boats once they arrived in St Gilles. Our recipe for Grillade Saint-Gilloise follows below.
With a population of 13,600, Saint Gilles is a medium-sized town in the Petit Camargue located between Arles and Nîmes. Founded by Saint Giles in the 7th-century, the town’s Abbey was a stopping point along the Via Tolosana part of the Camino de Compostela that leads from Arles to Santiago via Toulouse before crossing the Pyrenees. In 1998, UNESCO added the church with its exquisite Romanesque portal to the list of World Heritage Sites.
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- 3 lbs Beef Cheeks
- 2 medium Onions
- 4 Garlic Cloves
- 10 Anchovies (in oil)
- 3 tbsp Capers
- 1 handful Parsley
- 1/2 bottle of White Wine
- 3 tbsp Olive Oil
The day before serving:
- Peel and chop onion and garlic, chop capers, anchovies and parsley. Not too small. Reserve
- Slice the meat into roughly half-inch thick pieces. Set aside and reserve.
- Mix all the ingredients and add salt and pepper. Keep the olive oil for the next day. Reserve in the fridge overnight.
The day you serve the dish:
- Five (5) hours before serving, in a cast-iron casserole, add olive oil and your meat preparation, heat on the stove for 10 minutes. Cover and cook in the oven at 120ºC (300ºF) for 3 to 4 hours. Allow the dish to rest for 1 hour before serving.
- Serve with black Camargue rice or boiled potatoes
Provencal Winter Dishes
French Cast Iron Casseroles:
If you already have a cast iron casserole that will work perfectly well for this recipe. However, if you do not have one consider investing in a heavy casserole for this recipe and some of the others listed above. These pots are available in a rainbow of colours and will last your lifetime.
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