Rich Greek Beef Stew

    2 hours 55 minutes

    This is a rich and tasty Greek beef stew known as Stifado and is great for cold winter nights. Leftovers are great the next day on toast.

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    Serves: 5 

    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
    • 1 kg beef stew meat, cubed
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) red wine
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon white sugar
    • 1 long strip fresh orange peel
    • 1 (400g) tin diced tomatoes
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 500g pearl onions, peeled

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:2hours10min  ›  Ready in:2hours55min 

    1. Heat half of the butter and half of the first tablespoon of olive oil in a large heavy frypan over medium-high heat. Brown half of the beef cubes on all sides and place into a large saucepan. Repeat with the remaining butter, olive oil and beef.
    2. Season the beef with cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and orange peel. Pour in the diced tomatoes and water. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat then reduce heat to medium-low and continue simmering 1 hour.
    3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the frypan over medium heat. Stir in the pearl onions and cook until they are well browned, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes. After the beef has simmered for an hour add the pearl onions, cover and continue simmering 20 minutes.
    4. Remove the lid and simmer uncovered until the stew has reduced and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove the orange peel before serving.
    5. Stir the onion and garlic into the oil remaining in the frypan and reduce heat to medium; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in the red wine and bring to a simmer then scrape the onions into the saucepan with the beef.

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    Something else. I literally chucked all the ingredients in my slowcooker and in the morning. On low all day and it was delicious!  -  26 Sep 2010  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Found this recipe while looking for something different to do with beef stew meat. I was attracted to it because of the spices and how different it sounded. I had to modify it somewhat based on what I had on hand. I didnt have an orange, so added a tiny bit of lemon zest. The only diced tomatoes I had on hand had green chiles in them so I used it. It actually made it quite nice with just a tiny spicy bite to it. I made this in the crockpot and let it cook all day. I didnt have any boiling onions so used regular yellow onions, roughly chopped. I removed some of the liquid after it was cooked and thickened it with flour and added it back in and let it thicken. We ate it over buttered egg noodles and we all loved it. I will be making this again.  -  17 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Went down a treat with my partner who is greek and the kids loved it too!  -  30 Aug 2011  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)