Beef stifado

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Serves: 3

By SheikYerbouti

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  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

  • 1 tsp ground allspice

  • 1 splash red wine

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 3 cloves garlic crushed

  • 15 shallots (chopped into quarters)

  • 1 splash passata (or a couple of tablespoons of tomato puree)

  • 1 pinch plain flour

  • 500g (approx) beef chunks (i buy ready chunked but the more dedicated chef can chunk it themselves)


  1. Either preheat the oven to about 160/gas mark 3 or dust off the slow cooker and heat it up.
  2. Coat the beef in the plain flour and then fry in a little oil until browned
  3. Bung all ingredients into a covered dish or slow cooker and put in oven/leave on the side
  4. Drink the rest of the wine in the bottle
  5. Leave it to cook for at least two hours (if using the oven) but the longer you leave it the better. I suggest around four hours in the slow cooker, but I leave it much longer (normally around 7 or 8)

Handy Hint

I don't use exact measurements. It's difficult to ruin this dish by adding too much red wine.
Serve with some nice bread or potatoes. We have it with mash for extra comfort factor in winter.
It's a good one for entertaining this, because you can prepare it in the morning, leaving you more time to stress over the state of you bathroom/kitchen, or, if you went to the Sheiky School of Entertaining, just get pissed.

Additional Information

  • Can Freeze

  • Make Ahead

  • beef

  • Meat

  • Winter

  • Autumn

  • Christmas

  • Low fat

  • Dairy Free

  • Nut Free

  • Egg Free

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  • MrsKwaHaHaHaAzii 07/10/12 23:11

    Great dish, easy to prepare - just sling it all into the slow cooker and it does the work for you. Worth doubling up on ingredients so that you can have some to freeze too. Perfect for a cold winter evening.

  • triplets 08/01/12 22:41

    I like your style, my kind of cooking:)

  • SheikYerbouti 19/10/08 17:59

    This is well nice Perhaps not the best for kids, BUT great if you have folk round for supper. Best consumed with vast quantities of a good, rich red wine