Beef Stifado

Stifado is a Greek dish that often features beef, but this version substitutes chicken for the cut of meat. It’s flavorful and hearty enough to be served as a main course, but also makes an excellent side dish. The sauce can be adapted with different vegetables or spices so feel free to get creative! Best of all it only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, so you won’t have to spend your whole day in the kitchen.

prep: 45 mins cook: 2 hrs 10 mins total: 2 hrs 55 mins Servings: 5 Yield: 5 servings


1 teaspoon white sugar

1 medium onion, chopped

1 pound pearl onions, peeled

1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

2 tablespoons butter

salt and pepper to taste

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

½ cup red wine

2 pounds beef stew meat, cubed

1 tablespoon olive oil

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup water

1 strip (4- by 1-inch) fresh orange zest


Heat half of the butter and half of the first tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown half of the beef cubes on all sides, and place into a large saucepan. Repeat with the remaining butter, olive oil, and beef. Stir the onions and garlic into the oil remaining in the skillet, and reduce heat to medium; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in the red wine, and bring to a simmer, then scrape the onions into the saucepan with the beef.

Season the beef with salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and orange zest. Pour in the diced tomatoes and water. Cover, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat; then reduce heat to medium-low, and continue simmering 1 hour.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet over medium heat. Stir in the pearl onions, and cook until they are well browned, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes. After the beef has simmered for an hour, add the pearl onions, recover, and continue simmering 20 minutes.

Remove the lid, and simmer, uncovered until the stew has reduced and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove the orange zest before serving.

Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving: 544 calories; protein 31.7g; carbohydrates 20.6g; fat 34.6g; cholesterol 112.4mg; sodium 714.9mg.

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