This dish is a timeless classic, but the key to making this humble beef stew outstanding
is using both good- quality beef and good red wine. Use a drinkable wine rather than anything labeled “cooking” wine. Serve this dish with buttered noodles, rice, or a loaf of warm, crusty bread.
The flavors and colors of this dish will wow any seafood lover. This recipe is on the spicy side, so feel free to reduce the cayenne peppers if you don't love spicy foods. With white rice served alongside, this is a complete meal.
If I had to choose one dish to represent my childhood, it would be this. I call this version "new-style" because the kale is cut into thin strips and is cooked only until crisp-tender, which differs from the more traditional version.