Stifatho (Beef Stew with Onions)

Submitted By: friendlybear

Stifatho is Greek for meat stew with onions. It can be made with veal, beef, lamb or even wild game. I prefer to make mine with beef. Serve over steamed rice.

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Difficulty: easy


2 lbs. boneless chuck beef
1 large onion, whole
2 lbs. of smaller onions, peeled and sliced thin
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup vinegar
5 cloves garlic
20 whole cloves
2 sticks of cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste


Peel the large onion (leaving it whole) and stick all of the cloves into it. Cut the meat into bite-size pieces.
Brown meat in olive oil in a large pan. Add the onion to pan with the meat. Add the cinnamon sticks, vinegar, wine, tomatoes, and garlic. Add enough water to cover the meat. Cover tightly and simmer until the meat and onions are tender. Remove the onion (with the cloves) and discard it. Also remove and discard the cinnamon sticks. Add the remaining sliced onions to the pan and cook until tender. Add a little more water if needed.

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