Here is a simple, classic Greek/Cypriot stew. Beef, marinated overnight with easily sourced ingredients, and then slow cooked with salad onions and tomatoes.
- 2 lb 2 lb 2 lb Stew Beef, cut into large pieces, sub with mushrooms or rabbit (For Stew)
- 0.25 cup 0.25 cup 0.25 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, (For Stew)
- 2 lb 2 lb 2 lb Onion, quartered (For Stew)
- 3 Tbsp 3 Tbsp 3 Tbsp Tomato Paste, (For Stew)
- 43.5 oz 43.5 oz 43.5 oz Tomato, canned, chopped 3 X 14.5 oz (400 gram) cans (For Stew)
- 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp Blueberries, or pimentos (for Marinade)
- 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp ground Cloves, (for Marinade)
- 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp Fennel Seed, (for Marinade)
- 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp Salt, (for Marinade)
- 5 cloves 5 cloves 5 cloves Garlic, (for Marinade)
- 3 pieces 3 pieces 3 pieces Bay Leaf, torn (for Marinade)
- 1 pieces 1 pieces 1 pieces Whole Cinnamon Stick, (for Marinade)
- 2 pieces 2 pieces 2 pieces Whole Star Anise, (for Marinade)
- 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp Ground Fresh Black Peppercorns, (for Marinade)
- 1 cup 1 cup 1 cup red Wine, (for Marinade)
- 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar, (for Marinade)
Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
- Make the marinade first. In a mortar, add juniper berries, ground cloves, fennel seeds and salt. Pound. Then add the garlic and pound again until well combined. Remove paste to a bowl, large enough to hold all of the meat. Add remaining marinade ingredients and stir well to combine. Finally, add the beef and stir well to ensure all of the beef is well coated with marinade. Refrigerate overnight.
- In a large, heavy-based saucepan or flame-proof casserole dish, over a medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the quartered salad onions and cook until golden all over and starting to caramelize. Then add the meat and marinade, tomato paste and chopped tomatoes. Add enough cool water to barely cover the stifado. Bring slowly to the boil, then simmer for 2 hours. Check for seasoning about half way through.
- Serve over orzo (traditional) or rice or mashed potatoes. Accompany with a village salad.
Our recipes are created using Paleo, Primal and Gluten-free guidelines. Learn more about our diet and lifestyle at www.primalpalate.com.
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