Message posted by vonulm on 01 April 2009 at 5:12am - IP Logged
Hi all, my name is Tim. I'm trying to find an authentic recipe for Stifado. The recipes I'm finding on the web aren't so good. Your recipe for Spanakorizo is awesome!! Thanks much for your help.
* 4 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 small sprig of rosemary
* 1 kg tender beef, cut into large cubes
* 900 ml water
* 2 tablespoons tomato puree
* black pepper
* 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
* 4-6 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 700 grams small onions (the pickling size), peeled and left whole
* 1 small glass red wine
* 5 cm cinnamon stick
* 1 teaspoon demerara sugar
* 5 grains allspice
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and brown the meat in it. It will produce a lot of moisture but continue until it has all evaporated and the meat starts to turn golden. Slowly pour the vinegar over it and, when the steam subsides, add the wine. Then add all the remaining ingredients except the vegetable oil, onions and sugar, cover and cook slowly for 1 hour or until the meat is almost tender.
Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan and add as many onions in one layer as it will take. Sautee them gently for about 15 minutes, shaking and turning them over until they brown lightly. Lift them out with a slotted spoon and spread them over the meat, distributing them evenly. Repeat until all the onions are done. Sprinkle the sugar over the onions, cover and cook very gently for 30 minutes, until the onions are soft but not disintegrating. Do not stir once the onions have been added, but rotate the saucepan occasionally to coat them in the sauce.
If you use a cheaper cut of meat you will probably have to cook it for longer before adding the onions.
Stifado is traditionally made with rabbit here in Corfu, but most of the tavernas use beef.
Message posted by daveyh on 01 April 2009 at 10:09am - IP Logged
Uhmm, I love rabbit stifado. Your recipe for the sauce looks great; I'll have to give it a try.
We were invited to dinner at a Greek friend's house a couple of years ago. A veritable feast! At the time our Greek was pretty much non existent. Mother spoke no English but her daughter had a few words and was telling us what each dish was at it arrived at table.
A large bowl of Stifado arrived and the daughter said "ah this is, ummm, ah yes, 'ow you say, cat stifado"!
Looking round at our faces she realised she'd said something not quite right then the reality dawned on her... "oh no, I mean rabbit, don't I"!
I'm pretty sure it was rabbit - but in any event was one of the most tasty Stifado's I've ever tried!
Message posted by Elliemay on 01 April 2009 at 1:36pm - IP Logged
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