Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Recipe: Greek Kokinisto (aka beef stew)

I love this extremely traditional Greek recipe. It's called kokkinisto, which literally means "redenned", and practically is a beef stew made with a tomato sauce. The meat is cooked for a few hours over low heat until very soft and juicy, it's lovely served with pasta, spaghetti usually or rice. Definitely a heartwarming dish but I love it any time. Some recipes call for adding cinnamon or cloves to make it more moorish and while this recipe I'm showing you doesn't have them you can definitely add them. "Kokkinisto" is a way of cooking the meat, which comes to first browning the meat and then the tomatoes juice is added and cooked slowly, this is a great way for the meat to become soft and juicy. 


(for 2)

500 gr beef cut in cubes
1 onion
2 plum tomatoes
olive oil
salt and pepper
250 gr spaghetti
Warm water to boil


You can either buy the meat ready cut at your butcher or cut it yourself in 1 inch cubes. Wash the meat thoroughly and dry with a kitchen towel. Prepare the onion by cutting it thinly. 
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a deep large pan over low heat, cook the onion and beef. Brown each piece of the beef on all sides. Add enough warm water to cover all your meat and cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes. 
Grate the tomatoes and add them to the meat together with the salt and pepper (and if you chose to the cinnamon) cook for a further hour and add water as needed, cook until the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened. 
Boil the pasta as instructed in the package, drain and place in the pot with the meat and red sauce so you can mix it all well. Serve with grated parmesan cheese and extra freshly ground pepper.  

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