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    Stefado (Greek Beef Stew with Small Onions)

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    3 hrs 20 mins

    20 mins

    3 hrs

    EdsGirlAngie's Note:

    Stefado is a delicious Greek beef stew made with small onions, tomato paste, red wine and spices (typically bay leaf and cinnamon). It's super-easy and is scrumptious over rice or a heap of mashed potatoes.

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    1. 1
      Brown beef cubs in olive oil in a large Dutch oven.
    2. 2
      Remove and set aside.
    3. 3
      Mix sugar into the drippings and add the onions, cooking until golden.
    4. 4
      Return beef to the pot.
    5. 5
      Mix in tomato paste, wine, wine vinegar, garlic, dill seed and rosemary.
    6. 6
      Place cinnamon and bay leaf in a spice bag of cheesecloth (or just add it and remember to fish them out of the stew later).
    7. 7
      Cover and simmer for 2 to 3 hours or until tender (I usually have to add about a cup of water about halfway through).
    8. 8
      Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    9. 9
      Alternatively, you can bake this at 275 degrees F in your oven; adjust times accordingly, if needed.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 01, 2008


      I agree with Carol Dean's review that it was a little heavy on the cinnamon flavor. I also would cut back on the vinegar just a bit since it can be a little acidic with all the tomato, wine and vinegar. Otherwise we loved it and there were no leftovers here ss well!! Thanks.

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    • on February 27, 2004


      I live in Utah and found there wasn't enough liquid so added a can of beef broth which was excellent. I will use 1/2 as much cinnamon next time. I will also add a couple of potatoes. The wine I used was a Pinot Noir. We had NO left overs!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Stefado (Greek Beef Stew with Small Onions)

    Serving Size: 1 (360 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1089.5
    Calories from Fat 723
    Total Fat 80.4 g
    Saturated Fat 28.8 g
    Cholesterol 234.7 mg
    Sodium 543.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.2 g
    Sugars 9.9 g
    Protein 65.3 g

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