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Greek Steffotto

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"I always make this in the fall. It makes the whole house smell wonderful as it cooks. The combination of cinnamon, brown sugar, and vinegar give this a great flavor. Serve it over rice or noodles."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs 15 mins

    3 hrs 20 mins


  1. Brown the chuck in a large pan.
  2. Add mushrooms and onions to meat, and cook until soft. Transfer to an oven proof pan.
  3. Mix together tomato paste, wine vinegar, and brown sugar. Pour this mixture over the meat and vegetables. Add cinnamon sticks, sprinkle of whole cloves, and salt and pepper to taste. Dilute with water to cover all.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for at least 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 15, 2010

WOW, this has some awesome flavor combinations, though I did make some minor changes based on other reviewers' comments. I was a bit leary of too much wine vinegar and how that would taste so I only used 1/2 cup of that, less brown sugar (also around 1/2), and whole cloves instead of ground. Even though these changes, I still think it deserves a high rating and we very much enjoyed this meal. Thanks for a great post ProfPam!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 29, 2002

Hmm, this did nothing for me. I consider myself a very adventurous eater but the flavors were too strong (vinegar) and not very complex.

Jul 09, 2003

I thought this recipe had a great, rich flavor with a bit of tang from the vinegar. I used a large oven-proof frypan with a tight fitting lid, went right from stove to oven. The recipe says "wine vinegar" - I assumed this was red wine vinegar and it came out fine. Also the recipe calls for 1/4 tsp ground cloves but the instructions refer to "whole cloves" only. I scattered 6 whole cloves over the mix just before putting it in the oven. We ate it straight like a stew, but it would be super over pasta or, if you are really hungry, mashed potatoes! Great reheated the next day.

Oct 10, 2006

this was a wonderful and flavorful alternative to the norm beef stew....the whole family enjoyed it... the only change i made was to add potatoes... i liked the flavor the red wine vinegar added...and having greek heritage, its nice to finally have a good greek recipe!

Feb 13, 2004

Very interesting, will try this tomorrow. The brown sugar is a new one on me. The recipe is usually spelled 'stifado' in Greek cookery books, and originates in Corfu, I think, where there is a strong Italian influence (the name comes from the Italian 'stufato', which simply means 'stewed'.

Aug 29, 2002

Great soup. I added brown and wild rice during the last hour to save time making rice.

Mar 13, 2006

When I make this, my kids go nuts... they know it's coming because it does make the house smell fantastic! My husband really enjoys it too.

Dec 02, 2004

Absolutely wonderful. Was looking for a different kind of Greek dish when I found this. Very easy to fix and fills the house with some fantastic smells!


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  • Calories
  • 474 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.2 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 107 mg
  • 36%
  • Fat
  • 27.5 g
  • 42%
  • Fiber
  • 2.7 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 29.9 g
  • 60%
  • Sodium
  • 341 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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