INGREDIENTS FOR 4
500 grams minced horse meat
2 glasses dry white wine
1 minced onion
1 chopped pepper
250 grams tomato sauce
extra virgin olive oil
Pìcula ad caval ( or Pìcula ‘d caval) is one of the most famous dishes of the Piacenza cuisine.
The name in dialect “Pìcula d’caval” is often erroneously translated in Italian “piccola di cavallo” ( small amount of horse meat).
Actually, the adjective “Picula” in Piacenza dialect means “reduced” while the noun “Picula” means a helping.
Therefore, in last analysis, “Picula ad caval” means a “portion of horse meat”.
Once considered a “dish for poor people”, today it has been revaluated by the Italian and international cuisines, thanks to the many beneficial qualities of horse meat, low in fat, highly digestible, high level of iron.
This meat is often recommended to athletes, children, pregnant women and anemics.
The origin of this recipe most likely comes from military tradition: the abundance of horses made this an ingredient easy to get and use in the kitchens. Very easy to prepare, very tasty and in the winter, perfect with polenta.
Delicately saute’ diced onion in extra virgin olive oil.
Add the meat and cook on a very low flame for about an hour adding white wine (at least two glasses). If the meat dries, add tomato sauce or broth.
Add diced pepper, 250 grams tomato sauce, chopped carrot and the aromatic herbs.
Cook for another 30/40 minutes on a very low flame. Add salt and pepper.
Serve with Polenta and red sparkling Bonarda Podere Casale Wine.