This recipe has been developed over nearly 30 years. It won the ‘Gallo Family Vineyards’ family recipe contest. Once you try it, you’ll know why. I’ve had many many many make this recipe, and they have never been disappointed.
I know, it sounds pretty ‘impressive’ to add the word ‘famous’ to something. I mean famous is reserved for names, things, and places like Abe Lincoln, the Grand Canyon, the Titanic, Martin Luther King, Jr., JFK, Clark Gable, Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga, Picasso’s artwork, Simon Cowell, Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, Gordon Ramsay…but a recipe…famous…come on, Ally, get real! Bohemian Bolognese.
Well, I’m here to tell you that my bolognese sauce is, indeed, famous…in my house, amongst my friends and family and at my dinner table. It’s in demand. It’s oftentimes duplicated but never really replicated entirely. It’s been 30 years in the making. And, I’ve had critics beyond the likes of those I faced on MasterChef Season 2. Who? My three sons!! Pleasing their palates was tough when they were growing up, but making them beg for more is an even more daunting task. AND, the real coup de gras of the fame of this bolognese is when your grown sons ask if you can show their wives or special girlfriends how to make the sauce!
Finally, I entered this sauce in Gallo Family Vineyards Recipe contest, and it was the winner! Our family was featured in the ‘centerfold’ of the NOV 2011 issue of Taste of Home magazine, and the Gallo family says, “It’s tasty traditions like yours that keep us gathering around the table for family toasts to come.”
A reminder…this recipe makes a lot! Freeze in different size containers for using later. Get creative and use in various ways! Lasagna, pizza, open-faced sandwiches on crusty Italian bread…whatever!
And, puuuhhhhleeeze, don’t let this recipe scare you! It’s really not that daunting, and all the work that goes into it, is well worth it! It’s like at the age of 54, I hiked the Grand Canyon from rim to rim with my husband and another couple complete with heavy backpacks and all our gear and vittles. I was scared #%(#%(less to cross the bridge over the raging and frightening Colorado River from the North Rim to the South Rim! With a deep breath and determination, I did (and I don’t like heights!)…and, it was worth it! Same with this recipe…some things are just worth the extra effort. Lastly, don’t be afraid to add your own special touches to the bolognese like olives (green or black), grilled shrimp, some extra cherry tomatoes…things that just rock your plates!
I’ve had many people make this recipe, and all have come back with rave reviews (and, no I don’t think they’re blowing hot air!); however, one of the most special gals who made it is Machelle from Machelle’s Cooking Corner~~I’m very humbled and grateful for her sharing of this experience.