Thursday, October 29, 2015

Greek Beef Stew (Stifatho)


I've been making this for over 20 years. It is a family favourite. This recipe is a modified version of one of Louis Pappas' Famous Greek Recipes in combination with my mother's and mother-in-law's recipes. It has now been 'Christine'd'. It also freezes really well. :D

Greek Beef Stew With Onions (Stifatho)

2 lbs. lean stew beef
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped in large chunks
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 cups water
4 cloves garlic
2 tbsp. vinegar
4 tbsp. tomato paste
1/4 cup olive oil
Dash of cinnamon

Heat the oil and butter in a pan and brown the stew beef for about 10 minutes. Remove the meat and brown the onion chunks in the pan of hot oil. When the onions are browned, add the meat back to the pan.

In a bowl, combine the salt, pepper, water, vinegar, tomato paste, olive oil, cinnamon, and the 4 cloves of garlic. Stir this mixture well and pour over the meat and onions. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 2 hours, or until the meat is tender when tested. We serve this over spaghetti or rice with our favourite Greek cheese (mizithra).

#beef #greek #stew #onions

Monday, October 26, 2015

Quick Sausage and Peppers over Rice

Love this quick, easy dinner!  I've been working on my apple bounty this week and after peeling bushels of apples who feels like making dinner?   It is also a great way to use up peppers and onions from the garden.  First, I started the rice in my Zojirushi Rice Maker and then I chopped up peppers, onions, and one clove of garlic and placed them in my large electric frying pan.  I then added some cut up, fully cooked, double smoked sausage, olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, and Montreal Chicken Spice. Cooked this until the veggies were done to our liking.  Served the sausage and peppers over the rice. That's it.  I know!  :D  The sausage and peppers are also great in a hot dog bun with a little melted cheese.  Yummy!

Peppers and onions, from our garden, with a little garlic.

Some nice double smoked cooked sausage.

Add in the olive oil and spices.

A quick, easy, satisfying meal!
#sausage #rice #peppers #pork