Food and Wine Traditions

A specialty of Salento: the recipe of horse meat with tomato sauce

If you are a true expert of meat dishes, you can’t help tasting the horse meat with tomato sauce, a precious dish of Salento’s tradition. It takes a few hours for the preparation, but in the end the result will repay the wait… Have a good meal!

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1 kg of horse (muscle)

1 kg of tomato sauce

100 ml of red wine

1 stalk of celery

2 bay leaves

Hot pepper



Arrange the pieces of horse in a large pan, add the bay leaves, peppercorns and the stalk of celery cut into pieces and covered with water. Cook for about an hour and a half, salting slightly when the water comes to a boil.

Then drain the water, keeping a little bit of it aside. In a terracotta pan, let the meat brown with a little oil. Blend with the wine. Add the tomato sauce and about 200 ml of the meat broth obtained from cooking in the water. Add salt and cook over a low heat for about 3 hours (if the sauce should thicken too much, add a ladle of broth). Serve the pieces of horse with the sauce with plenty of homemade bread.

To try the recipe and learn from live chef’s advice, you must come on holiday in one of our villas and book a cooking experience with the chef at home.

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