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Stifado (Spiced Braised Beef & Onions)

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2hrs 30mins
3 lbs. beef

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a heavy frying pan over moderate heat until smoking.
  2. Pat beef cubes completely dry with paper towels before browning quickly in hot oil; brown 3 or 4 batches, turning frequently with slotted spoon and regulating heat so meat browns a deep color without burning.
  3. Transfer beef to a heavy 6-quart casserole.
  4. Add water, tomato paste, vinegar, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper to pan drippings in beefs original skillet; bring to a boil.
  5. Meanwhile, scrape brown particles clinging to the bottom and sides of pan; pour scrapings over meat in casserole.
  6. Bring meat and liquid to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover casserole tightly and simmer 1 1/4 hours.
  7. Meanwhile, peel onions and add to casserole at the end of 1 1/4 hours; cover and cook 30 minutes longer, or until beef and onions are tender.
  8. Stir in cheese; simmer, uncovered, 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese softens and is heated through.
  9. Taste to correct seasonings. Serve directly from casserole.

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