Although this recipe is not as quick as some it is extremely easy to make and makes a great alternative to a Sunday Roast, and by adding potatoes to the stew, it becomes my favourite, a one pot meal.
Scottish Stifado, Greek Stew
- 2tbls olive oil
- 400g beef stew
- 500g baby potatoes halved
- 3 cloves of crushed garlic or 3tsps of garlic granules
- 1 large onion diced
- 4 or 5 mushrooms (optional)
- 2 beef tomatoes or 4 large tomatoes chopped
- 1tbl tomato purée
- A squirt of lemon juice
- 200mls of hot water
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 cloves
- 1/2tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/4tsp nutmeg
- 2 stock cubes beef or your own choice.
- 4 carrots battened
- 50g butter
- Heat your oil in large pan and add the onions
- Cook onions for 5 mins until softened
- Add beef and mushrooms and cook for a further 5 mins.
- Add the garlic, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir for a minute
- Add the tomatoes, tomato purée, lemon juice, water and stock cubes
- Bring to the boil and then add the potatoes and the bay leaves
- Bring back to the boil and cook slowly for approximately 1 3/4 hrs.
- Do not allow to dry out and add a little water if needed about half way through
- If you like a very rich sauce add 2 tbls tomato purée
- In a separate pan melt the butter, add the carrots and cook for approx 15 mins until soft.
Serve together with home made crusty bread and if allowing yourselves a weekend treat a glass of very cold Retsina is a great accompaniment to this dish.
Next week we shall make a creamy spaghetti dish, (without cream), for this you shall need, 200g chicken, 1 pkt sliced chorizo or leftover smoked bacon, 1 leek, mushrooms, onions, red pepper, chicken stock, cornflour, garlic and milk oh and don’t forget the spaghetti.
That looks good. Think I’ll save that one for the autumn
I am always surprised when in Greece mid summer that people order it as an evening meal. I am doing Gemista (stuffed tomatoes) next week, a much lighter alternative for the summer.