BEEF STEW WITH RICE
Greek Moshari Kokkinisto.
Kokkinisto means ‘reddened’ and describes a dish that has been slowly cooked in a red wine and tomato sauce. It is one of the most traditional Greek dishes, more at home on the family dinner table or in a low-key local eatery than in a fancy tourist restaurant. It deserves to be better known though, as kokkinisto is delicious, and offers an intriguingly complex flavour, especially when cooked with cinnamon and cloves.
*2 pounds beef, cut into chunks
*1/2 cup Olive Oil
*3 onions, chopped
*2 cloves of garlic, crushed
*4 bay leaves
*2 cups red wine
*3 large tomatoes, chopped
*1 tbsp tomato paste
*1 tsp cumin
*1/3 tsp cinnamon
Greek Rice Pilaf
*1 cup White Rice
*2 cups water, warm
*2 tbsp Butter
*1 tsp salt
For the rice :
Heat the butter in a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat.
Add the rice and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes. Add the warm water and the salt and stir.
Cover with a lid and reduce heat to simmer; cook for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit for another 5 minutes – don’t remove the lid!
For the beef :
In a large pot, sauté the onion in 2-3 tablespoons of the oil until translucent. Add remaining oil, and add the meat, browning on all sides. Add the wine and simmer until the liquid is absorbed.
Add tomatos, salt, pepper, cumin, bay leaves, cinnamon and tomato paste and stir well.
Lower heat and simmer for 1.½ hours., until the meat is tender. Add a little more water if the sauce begins to dry.
Serve with rice, fries or pasta.
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