Braised beef
BBC Good Food ME|December 2021
Make this delicately spiced stew ahead of time for last-minute gatherings with friends
BARNEY DESMAZERY

One-pot beef stifado

Ideal for freezing, the flavors of this Greek-style stew only intensify when made ahead. Then, if you’re doing some casual entertaining over the holidays, all you’ll need to do is reheat it.

SERVES 6

PREP 40 mins

COOK 2 hrs 30 mins EASY

3 tbsp olive oil

1kg stewing beef, cut into large chunks (chuck or shin works well)

600g baby onions or small shallots (see tip, above) pinch of golden caster sugar

4 garlic cloves, chopped

4 bay leaves

1 cinnamon stick pinch each of ground allspice and ground cloves

1 tbsp dried oregano 1 tbsp tomato purée

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