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Greek Beef Stew – Stifado

Greek Beef Stew - Stifado -
Written by lucywg

Greek Beef Stew – Stifado  is a Greek stew dish. The word comes from “stufado,” a dish brought to Greece by the Venetians in the 13th century after the fall of Constantinople and before the Ottoman invasion. It’s the Greek version of comfort food — warm, filling and satisfying. This dish reminds of school holidays visiting friends in Athens. The host made this look so simple and the fact that the pot so seared the beef in was the same pot she cooked the meal in was different. In the UK it seemed we had to use every pan and pot available. Then to serve the meal in the very same pot with a loaves of home made bread finished it perfectly.

Greek Beef Stew - Stifado -

Greek Beef Stew - Stifado

This one dish reminds me of Greece during the summer holidays. Perfect.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Beef, Casserole
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 641kcal



  • Heat the oil in a large heavy pot over high heat and cook the beef and onion until the beef is browned on all sides and the onion is lightly browned around the edges, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer covered until the beef is tender, about 90 minutes.
  • Add the pearl onions and cook until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.


The best type of recipes - everything in one pot and it turns into an amazing meal.


Sodium: 272mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 503mg | Cholesterol: 120mg | Calories: 641kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Fat: 43g | Protein: 45g | Carbohydrates: 14g