Goodfellas Style Sicilian Gravy

Goodfellas Style Sicilian Gravy

For years I have been a fan of classic gangster movies. The clothes, romance, honor, blood, and betrayal brought me in, but I stayed for the food. From the lavish spreads in The Godfather to the "Gabagoo" in The Soprano's you cant beat the flavors and aromas that come out of the screen. The most legendary meal in any mobster movie is the Sicillian gravy from the jail cell scene in Goodfellas. I watched that scene a million times and have wanted to make this recipe for years. Well, last weekend I finally created the perfect Sicilian "Gravy", and it was fantastic.

The difference between marinara sauce and a "Gravy" is the sheer amount of meat involved. Good gravy starts with a simple marinara base; canned tomatoes flavored with onions, garlic, olive oil, herbs, red wine and a little sugar. The next step is to add browned spicy sausage, bacon, meatballs with beef, pork and veal, and lastly flavorful bone in meat like short ribs or ox tails. The gravy slowly cooks melding together the seasonings, juices, fat and gelatin from the meats and bones. This creates a rich and flavorful gravy perfect for any pasta dishes or on a piece of crusty bread.

This recipe takes a little time, a little work and a lot of patients but trust me, it is well worth it. Feel free to switch up the meats and vegetables that you use and most important, remember to use a large heavy pot, cook on super low heat and stir constantly.

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Goodfellas Style Sicilian Gravy

  • 4 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 4 Bacon Slices, chopped
  • 3 Spicy Italian Sausages Links
  • 2 lbs. Short Ribs or Ox Tails
  • 3 lbs. Italian Meatballs
  • 2 C Red Wine
  • 1 Onions, Diced
  • 2 tbsp. Garlic, Chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • ¼ C Tomato Paste
  • 3 cans Canned Whole Tomatoes, 28 oz
  • ¼ C Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Red Chili Flakes
  • 3 Bay Leafs
  • 2 C Red Wine or Chicken Stock
  • Season the short ribs with salt and pepper. Place a large pan over medium heat, add 2 tbs of the olive oil and brown the bacon, sausage and short ribs in batches then remove. Deglaze the pan with red wine and scrape up the bits at the bottom.

    Add olive oil to a large pot and sauté the garlic, onion and bell pepper until soft. Add the tomatoes, sugar, chili flakes, bay leaf, meat and wine to the pot and simmer covered on low heat for 4 hours stirring every 20 minutes. Do not let the bottom of the pot burn or the sauce will "sleep with the fishes".

    Authentic Italian Meatballs

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Bread slices, chopped
  • 1/3 C Milk
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • ½ lb Ground Pork
  • ½ lb Ground Veal (Optional)
  • 1/3 C Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tbs Dried Italian Herbs
  • 1 tbs Salt and Pepper
  • Pre heat the oven to 400 F. Mix together the eggs, milk and herbs in bowl. Add the bread and let it soak for 2 minutes. Add the meat, cheese and herbs, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Scoop 3 tablespoons of the meat mixture and form into a ball and place on to a baking sheet. Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes and then cool. Place the meatballs into a batch marinara sauce and simmer for 1-4 hours.


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    Avram 10/26/12 - 6:53 PM
    How about Paulie's system for the garlic? Sliced with a razor so thin that it would liquefy in the pan with a little oil.

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