Greek Beef and Cinnamon Stew

Greek Beef and Cinnamon Stew

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This beef stew is based on a Greek version known as 'Stifado'. It is seasoned with whole allspice berries, cloves and cinnamon.


Serves: 8 

  • 2kg stewing steak
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 750g small shallots, peeled and left whole
  • 3 to 5 whole cloves garlic
  • 500g tomato puree or passata
  • 200ml water
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preparation:40min  ›  Cook:1hour30min  ›  Ready in:2hours10min 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large casserole dish over medium-high heat. Add the beef and brown on all sides; about 5 minutes. Brown in batches if necessary so as not to overcrowd the pan. Remove the beef from the casserole dish and set aside.
  2. Add the shallots and garlic to the casserole dish and cook until slightly soft and golden; about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the beef back to the casserole dish trying to get the beef to the bottom with most of the shallots on top. Add the tomato puree or passata, water and seasoning.
  4. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer without stirring for 75 minutes; uncovering the last 15 minutes to ensure all excess water evaporates. Shake the casserole dish occasionally to prevent sticking but avoid stirring so the onions don't fall apart.

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