Friday, January 28, 2011

Beef Stew Greek Style...Ko ki ni stó in Greek

This beef stew is very common in Greece. Many tavernas in Greece, will have it.
You will need:
Serves 4-6
-  1 kg of beef any cut will do cut in pieces.
-  Some flour to coat the meat pieces.
-  Olive oil (prefer Greek extra virgin Kalamata olive oil)
-  1 onion sliced
-  2 cloves garlic crushed and cut small.
-  250 gms carton of grated tomato in juice.
-  2 Tbs. tomato paste.
-  10 sun dried tomatoes in olive oil cut very small.
-  1/4 cup red wine.
-  4 cups of boiled water
-  2 cinnamon 2 inch sticks.
-  1/8 tsp. cloves powder.
-  Salt and freshly ground pepper.
Method:
-   Coat meat pieces with flour
-   Put enough olive oil to cover bottom of pot and heat well.
-   Add meat and brown both sides on high fire.
-   Add the onion and the garlic, stir fry for 3 minutes.
-   Add the wine and stir till the wine odor is completely expelled.
-   Add the sun dried tomatoes, tomato paste and grated tomato in juice.
-  Add the cloves and cinnamon
-  Add 2 cups of boiled water, let boil, then simmer very gently covered for at least 1 hour. Stir once in a while.
-  Add more boiled water if required and continue simmering until meat is tender. Season to taste.
Serve with spaghetti on the side, some of the sauce and  grated cheese.
Typically Greek dish due to the cinnamon and cloves.
Bon Appétit
Stelio


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