Recipe Beef Bites Old Piedmont Style with Chocolate

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Yield: 4 Servings


1.5 lb. beef tenderloin
1 pint red wine
3.5 oz. white onions
3 oz. dark chocolate, cut into chips
3 oz. butter
6 drams fresh thyme
8 whole cloves
black pepper to taste
1 dram cinnamon
1 bay leaf
salt to taste


1. Cut the beef into small bites and marinate it with wine, cloves, cinnamon, crushed black peppercorns and bay leaf. Put into a container and keep in fridge for 12 hours, stirring from time to time.

2. Clean and slice the onions, then sweat them in butter. Drain the meat from the marinade and add the meat to the stewed onion, cooking for a few minutes.

3. Add the marinade and the thyme (without its woody parts), and keep cooking on a low heat.

4. When the meat is cooked through, discard the bay leaf, add the chocolate and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with hot yellow polenta or with boiled potatoes.