Stifado Recipe

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Lynnda Cloutier


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2 lbs. stew beef, cubed, (or lamb)
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 sticks cinnamon
2 cups beef broth, divided
4 small white onions, peeled and sliced
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 can tomato sauce, 8 oz
1/2 tsp. salt or to taste

How to Make Stifado


  • 1Trim meat of fat. Heat oil in Dutch oven; brown meat. Add cinnamon sticks and 1 cup beef broth; cook 1 1/2 hours or til meat is tender. Add onions garlic; cook over low heat about 10 minutes.
  • 2Add tomato sauce, remaining 1 cup beef broth and salt. Cook covered, 30 minutes or til meat is very tender. Remove and discard cinnamon sticks. Serve at once. Serves 6
  • 3Stifado is a robust dish that gets its flavor from then unusual combination of cinnamon and garlic. This recipe, often handed down among families for generations is a Sunday mainstay in Greece and on the islands. It can be made with beef or lamb. The dish also freeze well.
    Mary Denise Scourtes, Food Editor, The Tampa Tribune, Tampa, Florida

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Course/Dish: Beef

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