Feb 15 2009

any greek recipes that uses beef?

Published by at 2:28 am under Greek

I am looking for a traditional greek recipe that uses beef, if anyone has one please let me know!

Beef Casserole with Onions (Stifado)

* 4 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 small sprig of rosemary
* 1 kg tender beef, cut into large cubes
* 900 ml water
* 2 tablespoons tomato puree
* salt
* black pepper
* 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
* 4-6 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 700 grams small onions (the pickling size), peeled and left whole
* 1 small glass red wine
* 5 cm cinnamon stick
* 1 teaspoon demerara sugar
* 5 grains allspice

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and brown the meat in it. It will produce a lot of moisture but continue until it has all evaporated and the meat starts to turn golden. Slowly pour the vinegar over it and, when the steam subsides, add the wine. Then add all the remaining ingredients except the vegetable oil, onions and sugar, cover and cook slowly for 1 hour or until the meat is almost tender.
Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan and add as many onions in one layer as it will take. Sautee them gently for about 15 minutes, shaking and turning them over until they brown lightly. Lift them out with a slotted spoon and spread them over the meat, distributing them evenly. Repeat until all the onions are done. Sprinkle the sugar over the onions, cover and cook very gently for 30 minutes, until the onions are soft but not disintegrating. Do not stir once the onions have been added, but rotate the saucepan occasionally to coat them in the sauce

Beef stew with zucchini (Vodino me kolokythakia)

* 1 kg beef, cut in servings
* 1 kg medium size zucchini
* 1 1/2 cup olive oil
* 2 medium onions, cut in thin slices
* 2 tomatoes, peeled
* 1 cube of vegetable stock
* 2 garlic cloves
* Pinch of sugar
* parsley
* Sugar
* Salt
* Pepper

Use a large saucepan for this recipe. Saute the onions in 1 cup of olive oil. Then add the beef and saute it in all sides. Add parsley, salt, pepper, the vegetable cube stock, the tomatoes (cut in pieces), sugar, garlic and some water. Let the meat boil. Then wash the zucchini well, scrape them, cut them in round slices or cubes and saute them in the rest of olive oil (1/2 cup). Finally add them into the saucepan and boil together with the meat until meat is tender and left only with its oil. Add more water if required.

Beef with red sauce – (Moshari kokkinisto)

* 1 ¼ kg beef (thigh)
* 500g ripe tomatoes
* 150g margarine
* Salt and pepper

Chop the beef into six symmetrical pieces. In a medium sized saucepan add in the margarine and melt until it becomes hot, being careful not to burn it. Add in the beef and cook coating the beef in the margarine until the meat has become sealed, this is when the meat has gained a nice brown colour, add salt and pepper.
Prepare the tomatoes by grating them into a bowl, then add to the meat. Stir them well and add 300g of warm water. Leave to cook on a low heat for about 2 hours until when the sauce has reduce and become nice and thick.
Serve with wild rice or mashed potatoes and fried aubergines or fried potatoes. The meat can be cooked for this recipe without chopping into portions but it must be tied with string and left to cool after cooking then chopped into slices.

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