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).

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  1. Sounds delicious! I love stifado and this will be always one of my favorites!