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Dorothy's Stefado

Dorothy's Stefado

Kathy W.

"This is a Greek beef stew made with small onions. This is my mom's recipe, and every Fall without fail you could smell it simmering in the kitchen. Serve it with a large bowl of mashed potatoes. Of course a Greek salad, some feta & olives and crusty bread give this meal the final touches. The onions can be time consuming to clean, but well worth it when your family sits down to eat."
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3 h 20 m servings 357 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 357 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 18.7 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs:
  • 24.6g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 21.4 g
  • 43%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 63 mg
  • 21%
  • Sodium:
  • 262 mg
  • 10%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. In a large soup pot, cook beef in oil until beef is browned. Remove beef, and set aside. Mix sugar into the drippings, add onions, and cook until golden. Remove onions from pan.
  2. Return beef to the pot, and place onions on top. Mix the tomato paste, wine, and wine vinegar together, and add to saucepan. Place the garlic, pickling spices, bay leaf, cinnamon, and rosemary in a spice bag; add to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cover, and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, adding more liquid if necessary.


  • Notes
  • The onions let out liquid as they cook, so be careful not to add to much water at the beginning. When stew is done, remember to remove the spice bag.
  • If you prefer, you can cook this in a roaster in your oven at 275 degrees F(135 degrees C). Watch the time though; it may take longer.

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  1. 19 Ratings

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Good recipe! If you don't have pickling spice, you can make it yourself. The main ingredients are: cinnamon, mustard seed, bay leaves, allspice, dill seed, cloves, ginger, peppercorns, coriander...

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I am Greek and have had this dish many times as a child. I always remember this dish having a tomato base which was rich with flavor and thick. This recipe gives you a beefywatery base - no re...

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Good recipe! If you don't have pickling spice, you can make it yourself. The main ingredients are: cinnamon, mustard seed, bay leaves, allspice, dill seed, cloves, ginger, peppercorns, coriander...

This is a GREAT recipe!!! I am Greek and this is just like my mom used to make. Don't be afraid of the work, your family will love this!

I made this recently and can't believe how good this was. I always stayed away from this recipe even though it was one of my favorite greek meals. I thought it would be too much work, but boy ...

Great recipe from Dorothy! She's got more than 200 others - Greek & American - in her book, From Our Hearts to Your Table - Recipes from a Greek American Family.

Kathy, Thank you for posting your mom's Stefado, I think it is wonderful. I made a batch with half the amount of meat and onions, but left the rest of the ingrediants as written. It was fabulo...

The smell while cooking was devine !! I also cut down the meat (almost half), but used about double wine/water mix... even though I was cooking it on very low heat ?! To cut the acidity of the t...

Our favourite Greek restaurant is closed for refurbishment at the moment. So I wanted to try and recreate my husbands favourite dish for his birthday. I managed it with this recipe. I scaled dow...

This sounds like a great recipe, but i live in Australia and would like to know what are whole pickling spices, never heard of them here, maybe the greek version of them will help me understand....

I thought this was very savory and yummy. My hubby isn't a fan of I may leave that out of it next time. I just used a coffee filter and some string for a spice pouch and it worke...

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