If you're looking to class up the joint with a real Sunday gravy this weekend, then look no further than one of our favorite scenes from Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. When Henry (Ray Liotta) and a few of the guys are sent away to prison to do some time, their experience behind bars is not what you'd expect. As Henry says in the scene below, they owned the place, separated from the general population in their own quarters, which allowed for some extravagant meals. One of those vintage Italian dinners is featured in the film, though over the years we've found ourselves so invested in the movie that our brains sort of skip over the fact that this may be a meal we'd actually like to make for our own "family". Now, thanks to the folks at Short List, we can.
They recruited Dave Watts, head chef at The Cotswold House Hotel in the U.K., who pieced together what sounds like a delicious meal based on what the fellas are doing in the scene. Here's a taste (pun intended) of his recipe:
"Now that your onions are really, really soft and tender, you need to add the tomato puree. Turn the heat up to medium and cook, stirring continuously for one to two minutes. Add your tomatoes (fresh or tinned), caramelised meats and the garlic liquor from your frying pan, stir this through, place the lid back onto the pan and cook on a really low slow heat for two to three hours. Finally add a pinch of salt and the ground black pepper. Taste and add more seasoning to your liking.
Just like the guys in Goodfellas, I like to serve this with a char-grilled 34-day-aged hanger steak cooked medium rare, a bottle of Chianti and good crunchy country bread ( to soak up all those wonderful juices and flavors)."
You can snag the entire recipe here
, and watch the scene in question below. Bobby Darin song optional. [via @snouri
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