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Beef Stifado (Greek Beef Stew)

Beef Stifado (Greek Beef Stew)
Beef Stifado (Greek Beef Stew)


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This Beef Stifado (Greek Beef Stew) is a treasure trove of flavors, from the deep, rich red wine to the warm, inviting spices that simmer together to create something truly magical. Serve it up with some crusty bread or fluffy rice pilaf, and you’ve got yourself a meal that’s both comforting and sophisticated.

beef stifado (greek beef stew in a dutch oven with a wooden spoon inside.

Easy Beef Stifado (Greek Beef Stew)

Imagine coming home to the comforting aromas of Beef Stifado, a robust Greek stew that turns an ordinary evening into a special occasion. I love how the rich spices meld with the succulent beef, each bite tender enough to make your heart sing. This stew is a warm embrace on a plate, easy to make and sure to impress anyone lucky enough to join you for dinner.

process shots showing how to make beef stifado.

Start by heating two tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season the beef chunks with salt and pepper. Brown the meat in batches to ensure it gets a nice caramelization on all sides, then set the browned beef aside. This step locks in flavors that will deepen as the stew cooks.

process shots showing how to make beef stifado.

In the same pot, add the remaining olive oil and throw in the shallots. Sauté them until they begin to soften and turn a lovely golden color. The shallots bring a beautiful sweetness to the stew.

process shots showing how to make beef stifado.

Return the beef to the pot. Mix in the tomato paste, pour in the red wine, and add the beef broth to deglaze the pan, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Stir in the minced garlic, cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaves, dried oregano, ground allspice, and a teaspoon of sugar. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and let it cook gently for about 2 hours, or until the beef is tender and the flavors are melded beautifully.

process shots showing how to make beef stifado.

Toward the end of cooking, check the seasoning and adjust with more salt and pepper as needed. When ready, dish up the stifado hot, garnished with chopped parsley.

a serving of beef stifado over a bed of mashed potatoes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make Beef Stifado ahead of time?

Absolutely! In fact, like many stews, Beef Stifado often tastes even better the next day. The flavors have more time to meld together, enhancing the overall taste. Just store it in the refrigerator overnight and reheat gently before serving.

How can I thicken the sauce if it’s too runny?

If you find the sauce too thin after the cooking time, you can thicken it by simmering it uncovered for an additional 10-15 minutes to reduce, or you can mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with a little cold water and stir it into the stew. Let it simmer for a few more minutes to achieve the desired consistency.

Is it possible to make this dish in a slow cooker?

Yes, Beef Stifado adapts beautifully to a slow cooker. Simply brown the beef and sauté the shallots as instructed, then transfer everything to your slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for about 4 hours until the beef is tender and the flavors are well combined.

beef stifado (greek beef stew in a dutch oven with a wooden spoon inside.

Storing Leftovers

To store Beef Stifado, let it cool to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. If you need to store it longer, freeze it in a sealed container for up to 3 months; just thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat gently when ready to serve.

a serving of beef stifado over a bed of mashed potatoes.

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beef stifado (greek beef stew in a dutch oven with a wooden spoon inside.

Beef Stifado (Greek Beef Stew)

Prep 25 minutes

Cook 2 hours

Total 2 hours 25 minutes

Beef Stifado (Greek Beef Stew) is a heartwarming dish that combines tender chunks of beef with a rich, aromatic sauce infused with cinnamon, cloves, and red wine. This traditional Greek recipe is perfect for a cozy dinner, easily paired with crusty bread or mashed potatoes to soak up its delicious flavors.

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Instructions 

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the beef chunks with salt and pepper, then brown them in batches. Set the browned beef aside.

  • In the same pot, add the remaining olive oil and the shallots. Sauté them until they start to soften and take on a golden hue.

  • Return the beef to the pot. Add the tomato paste, red wine, beef broth, minced garlic, cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaves, dried oregano, ground allspice and sugar.

  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Cover and let it cook for about 2 hours, or until the beef is tender.

  • Check the seasoning at the end of the cooking time and adjust with salt and pepper as necessary.

  • Dish up the stifado hot, garnished with chopped parsley. It’s wonderful with crusty bread, mashed potatoes, or a simple rice pilaf.

Notes

  1. Brown the beef in batches to ensure you caramelize without overcrowding the pan.
  2. If the stew seems too thick, add a bit more beef broth during cooking to adjust the consistency.
  3. This dish tastes even better the next day as the flavors have more time to meld together.
  4. Garnish with fresh parsley just before serving to add a burst of color and freshness.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1servingCalories: 605kcal (30%)Carbohydrates: 19g (6%)Protein: 48g (96%)Fat: 35g (54%)Saturated Fat: 13g (81%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 156mg (52%)Sodium: 565mg (25%)Potassium: 1480mg (42%)Fiber: 4g (17%)Sugar: 9g (10%)Vitamin A: 476IU (10%)Vitamin C: 12mg (15%)Calcium: 93mg (9%)Iron: 7mg (39%)

Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.

beef stifado (greek beef stew in a dutch oven with a wooden spoon inside.

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