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Stracotto actually means overcooked and refers to an Italian beef dish using offcuts of beef that is slowly cooked for a long time to ensure that the meat becomes tender.
In her book Italian Food, Elizabeth David includes an Italian sausage and uses white wine and a cup of beef stock as the liquid for cooking the stew. There are also recipes for stracotto where the liquid is red wine and then older recipes where the liquid is a type of agresto sauce made from crushed, unripe grapes (an early form of verjuice), spices and onion juice.
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