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Beef Stifado

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Serves 6

This is a popular Greek dish, really rich sauce with lots of flavour serve with roast potatoes or just some nice crusty bread.

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Ingredients

  • 800grams - 1kg of lean beef cubed
  • 500 grams of shallots
  • 1 large Onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Garlic Cloves (to taste) I used 4 cloves
  • Cloves 3-4
  • vegatable stock cube
  • small wine glass of extra virgin olive oil
  • Glass of Red Wine
  • 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of tomato puree/paste
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 4 bay leaves
  • black pepper
  • salt

Method

    1. put meat in a frying pan and sear the meat then add the olive oil, onions and garlic leave until onions start to go soft (about 5 minutes)
    2. Then add the glass of red wine and 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, cover and leave for 5 minutes
    3. then add your cinnamon, stock cube, cloves, nutmeg, bay leaves, rosemary, tomato puree and salt and pepper to taste. keep stirring to let all your ingredients mix together.
    4. then finally add your chopped tomatoes and continue stirring for 5 minutes,
    5. then transfer to a clay pot or casserole dish and add about 1/4 - 1/2 litre of water, be careful not to drown the sauce, then cook for at least one hour in the oven on a moderate heat, keeping checking you dont want it to dry out and add water if needed you are aiming for a thick rich sauce texture,
    6. whilst cooking place your 500 grams of shallots into hot water to soften the skin and peel, then fry these in a little olive oil, be careful not to burn them, just aim to soften them and add a little colour, add these to Stifado after one hour of cooking in the oven and then add them to the pot and cook for a further 1 hour until the meat is tender.

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collieheartsyou's picture

I made this recipe for the first time last night and it was delicious! I had to make a few changes to the recipe depending on what I had in the house, so I used cider vinegar instead of red wine vinegar, tomato ketchup instead of puree and also used powdered/dry herbs and spices (good shake of herbs de provence, half tsp cinnamon, tsp nutmeg). I didn't have any fresh tomatoes so I used a quarter of a tin of chopped tomatoes and didn't add any water as I thought it looked liquidy enough. I served it with some potatoes and bread on the side to soak up the sauce. My boyfriend said the sauce was awesome, which is high praise indeed, and I'm planning on having the leftovers for lunch today with some rice.

cam66's picture

This is a totally delicious recipe ! I always make it in my slow cooker. Best served with a feta salad. The feta just gives it more depth !

LuluLolly's picture

I can't praise this recipe enough. It's wonderful! The gravy is rich and thick and full of flavour. We are already looking forward to eating it again! I served it with creamy mash, kale and green beans.

steve3008's picture

Just prepared stifado for this evening's meal, can't wait, made it a couple of weeks ago and it was delicious.

Clareyboo's picture
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Delicious. I added a couple of small red chillies, some baby aubergines and courgettes for a moe full bodied stew. Served with rosemary mini roasties and cous cous. Yum!!!

corfiot's picture

Its a good recipe. Straight off the Agni Taverna website?

richard1978's picture

lots of good feedback, keep it coming people... sorry bhscuisine didnt see your comment until recently hope all went well and the stifado was a hit :)

Thanks Richard.

louisezzz's picture
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Really lovely, worth the effort to make, will be making again

gordonconway's picture

I used a slow cooker, Opted for Cx' cheak -Which is cheaper than beef and although messier if you prep it right it is even leaner, the Stifado was awesome.

I close my eyes and thought of the harbour..

car0lyn76's picture

Followed to the letter for a party. Not everyone got some, it got eaten so quickly. We will definitely make this again, only more next time!

kitspice's picture
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I love this recipe - I cut down the wine and increase the red wine vinegar and just use spray oil instead of olive oil (always trying to cut down on calories) still great and makes it pretty diet friendly

aimeeparry's picture

Hi, I've just followed your recipe however have put it in the slow cooker as have family over this evening? Has anyone made this in slow cooker and did it turn out ok? Is there anything you can add rather than just water if it starts to dry out? Been out this morning to buy all ingredients this morning as its first time making it and don't want to ruin it!! Also if was to make bigger batch would I double up on ingredients? Please advice thanks

debbielowe4's picture

Hi a quick question my stifado taste a little bit to much off tomatoe any help to remedy this please
thanx debbie

happyhaggis23's picture

This is the third time that I've made this for the family. Good feed back every time and so easy to make. Top marks to Peter.

bhscuisine's picture

hi chef R:). thx for terrific stifado recipe. We have a huge function coming up (theme - beauty and the beast) in October and expect approx 200 guests. Any suggestions for our menu - starter / mains/ dessert. we consider making your stifado...?

kathyharrison's picture

cooked this for a birthday party. very tasty. really enjoyed. made enough to freeze. will definatley use this receipe again.

slennonwelton's picture
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I have followed this recipe twice, and produced a lovely rich stifado both times. I did have to use some tomato ketchup in place of puree, but it didn't effect the finished dish. Easy to follow well worth the effort.

mitzy88's picture
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Richard, I just made this and it was fantastic. I will definitely cook it again as it is now on my favourites list. I didn't use the olive oil as my meat produced lots of juice to cook the onions and garlic. :)

louisezzz's picture
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Made this recipe last week and it was great, had to use onions instead of shallots as I couldn't get any but I don't think it would have made much of a difference. All the family really enjoyed it - thanks!

rhodes035's picture
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oh wow! Have just prepared and eaten this and it was a hit with all. Don't hesitate, just get on and cook it!!!!

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