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Stifado for a crowd recipe

Stifado for a crowd recipe

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  • Meat and poultry
  • Beef
  • Cuts of beef
  • Steak
  • Stewing steak

Stifado is a Greek stew made with small onions. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes for a warming, hearty meal that will take the chill out of any evening.

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IngredientsServes: 18

  • 2.75kg beef stewing steak
  • 120ml olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 2.75kg small white onions, peeled
  • 170g tomato puree
  • 125ml red wine
  • 125ml red wine vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon pickling spice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste

MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:2hr30min ›Ready in:3hr

  1. In a very large saucepan, cook beef in oil until beef is browned (brown in batches if necessary). 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 puree, wine and wine vinegar together, and add to saucepan. Place the garlic, pickling spices, bay leaf, cinnamon and rosemary in a spice bag; add to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cover, and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, adding more liquid if necessary.

Use the smallest onions you can find, sometimes called pearl onions. The onions let out liquid as they cook, so be careful not to add to much water at the beginning. When stew is done, remember to remove the whole pickling spices.

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Reviews in English (18)

by Weasel

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


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


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

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