Greek Beef Stew

    3 hours 20 minutes

    This is a Greek beef stew called stefado. Serve it with a large bowl of mashed potatoes. Of course a Greek salad, some feta and olives and crusty bread would give this meal the final touches.

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    Serves: 18 

    • 3kg chuck steak, cut into large chunks
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon white sugar
    • 3kg small white onions, cleaned and scored
    • 185g tomato paste
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) red wine
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) red wine vinegar
    • 6 cloves garlic
    • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
    • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper, to taste

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:3hours  ›  Ready in:3hours20min 

    1. In a large soup pot cook beef in oil until beef is browned. Remove beef and set aside. Mix sugar into the drippings, add onions and cook until golden. Remove onions from pan.
    2. Return beef to the pot and place onions on top. Mix the tomato paste, wine and wine vinegar together and add to saucepan. Place the garlic, mixed herbs, bay leaf, cinnamon and rosemary in a spice bag or tea ball; add to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, adding more liquid if necessary.

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    Good recipe! If you don't have pickling spice, you can make it yourself. The main ingredients are: cinnamon, mustard seed, bay leaves, allspice, dill seed, cloves, ginger, peppercorns, coriander, juniper berries, mace, and cardamom. So put a bit of all this, and you've got it!  -  01 Oct 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is a GREAT recipe!!! I am Greek and this is just like my mom used to make. Don't be afraid of the work, your family will love this!  -  18 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made this recently and can't believe how good this was. I always stayed away from this recipe even though it was one of my favorite greek meals. I thought it would be too much work, but boy was it worth it. Kathy is right, the smell of this simmering is so inviting! My family enjoyed this a lot and all you have to do is add a salad and some mashed potatoes! No more ordering this out at Greek restaurants. Now I can have even better at home!! Thanks!  -  08 Apr 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)