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This beautiful crown roast shines with a red wine and Port glaze that’s infused with a mix of spices.



  • 1 medium (12 ounces) eggplant, cut into ½-inch dice
  • kosher salt, divided, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 anchovy fillet (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoons chopped black olives
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup microgreens
  • black pepper, to taste


  • Spread eggplant cubes in an even layer. Sprinkle salt over top.
  • In a large skillet, warm olive oil over medium-low heat. Add garlic, anchovy, and tomato paste. Cook, stirring and breaking up anchovy until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add eggplant and herbs, and stir to coat. Add wine and stock. Let simmer until eggplant is very tender, about 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring a well-salted pot of water to boil. Cook pappardelle until al dente, about 2–3 minutes for fresh pasta. Reserve ½ cup pasta water, and drain pasta. Divide among 4 plates.
  • Stir olives and vinegar into ragù. Thin with pasta water, if desired. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spoon ragù over pasta. Top with microgreens just before serving. Serves 4.

Italian comfort food at its delicious best, served over polenta instead of pasta.



  • Wine-Braised Beef:
    ¼ cup olive oil
    4 lbs. boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1” cubes
    1 large onion, minced
    ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    2 bay leaves
    ¼ tsp ground cloves
    ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
    ¼ tsp ground allspice
    1 tsp salt
    ½ tsp pepper
    1 cup Merlot wine
    2 10-oz cans beef broth
    2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
    2 tsp dried rosemary
    2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into thin strips
    ¼ cup gravy flour

  • Polenta:
    9 cups water
    1 ½ tsp salt
    2 cups cornmeal


  • Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium high heat. Brown beef on all sides, stirring occasionally. Transfer beef to bowl. To juices remaining in Dutch oven, add onion and parsley. Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic, bay leaves, spices, salt and pepper. Return beef to Dutch oven and stir to coat with onion spice mixture. Add Merlot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add Beef stock and simmer 10 more minutes. Add tomatoes and rosemary. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until beef is tender, about 1 ½ hours. Add bell pepper, cover and cook until just tender, about 15 minutes. Mix 1 cup water with ¼ cup gravy flour and stir into beef. Stir and cook until slightly thickened. Serve over polenta.
  • Polenta Directions:
    Bring water and salt to boil in large heavy saucepan. Gradually whisk in cornmeal. Continue whisking until mixture starts to thicken, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low, Cook until thick and thoroughly cooked, whisking occasionally, about 30 minutes. Spoon into bowls and top with Wine-Braised beef.