Stifado

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Ingredients

4 large pieces beef osso bucco substitute with 6 small, you can also use veal
20 whole small onions peeled (I use pickling onions)
7-8 garlic cloves
3 small sprigs rosemary
4 small Bay Leaves substitute with 2 large
6 whole pimento
5 whole cloves
2 whole nutmeg halved (substitute with ½ tsp ground nutmeg)
⅓ cup white vinegar
1 tbsp Salt
410 gr tomato passata
4 tbsp tomato paste
½ cup Olive Oil
¼ tsp black pepper
steamed rice to serve
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Stifado is a traditional Greek beef stew cooked with tomatoes, onions, cinnamon, vinegar or red wine, and a variety of spices and herbs. Stifado roughly translates as a stew with lots of onions! If you want to go really, native you can replace the beef with rabbit or even octopus, but beef has always been a very popular version

How to Make Stifado:

  1. Mix the tomato paste with the vinegar and set aside.
  2. Start layering the ingredients in a cast iron pot. First, place the meat on the base, then the onions, followed by the garlic, spices, and salt and pepper.
  3. Add the tomato passata, vinegar with tomato paste and oil.
  4. Top with the bay leaves and fresh rosemary sprigs.
  5. Cover the pot with a lid and put on a medium heat for a few minutes to warm up, then turn the heat down to a low simmer for 1½ hours. Do not open the lid or stir at all. Just give the pot a gentle shake every 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare your rice. I cook mine using the absorption method, which is 1 cup rice to 2 cups water. To make, put 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium-size pot on a medium heat.
  7. Once the oil starts to heat up, add the rice. When the rice tips start to become translucent, add the water.
  8. Turn the heat to low and put the lid on.
  9. After 10 minutes, check the rice to see if the water is fully absorbed. Once cooked, turn the heat off and put the lid back on to keep warm.
  10. After 1½ hours check the meat. If it is not falling apart, put the lid back on and cook for a further 30 mins. Once the meat looks ready, turn the heat off and serve your stifado with rice.

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