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Title: Stefado (Greek-Style Oven Beef Stew)
Categories: Beef Greek Soup
Yield: 4 Servings

15ozBoneless chuck steak
2tsOlive oil
1/4cTomato paste
2tbRed wine vinegar
2 Inch cinnamon stick
1/4tsEach cumin seed and pepper
1cPearl onions, parboiled
2ozFeta cheese, crumbled

On rack in broiling pan broil chuck, turning once, until rare, about 5 minutes on each side; cut into 1-inch cubes. In 10-inch skillet heat oil over medium-high heat; add chuck and saute for 5 minutes. Transfer meat with slotted spoon to a 1 1/2-quart casserole, reserving the pan drippings. Preheat oven to 350F. In same skillet stir water, tomato paste, vinegar, and seasonings into pan drippings; bring to a boil, stirring to scrape up any browned particles. Pour over meat in the casserole; cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Add onions, cover, and bake until meat is tender, about 30 minutes longer. Remove and discard cinnamon stick. Top with feta cheese and bake, uncovered, until cheese is softened and heated through, about 5 minutes.

Makes 4 servings.


Posted by Fred Peters.