Stifado is a Greek beefy stew characterized by large hunks of onion or shallots. A classic comfort dish, this recipe calls upon traditional Grecian stew ingredients such as olive oil, red wine, oregano, cinnamon, and allspice, making this dish uniquely savory with fragrant pops of baking spice. The beef is first seared before being slow cooked until fork-tender and simply served with some al dente orzo.

Greek Beef Stifado with Orzo

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: 4 hours 45 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs beef top round roast, cut into large chunks   
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • ½  tsp ground black pepper 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 4 shallots, peeled and halved 
  • 1 cinnamon stick, split 
  • 6 allspice berries 
  • ¼ cup red wine 
  • 1 cup beef broth 
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 
  • 1 cup orzo 
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley

Directions

1) Pat beef chunks dry with paper towels and season all over with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is shimmering, carefully place beef into the skillet and sear until browned, about 1 minute per side. 

1) Pat 1 ½ lbs. beef chunks dry with paper towels and season all over with 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is shimmering, carefully place beef into the skillet, and sear until browned, about 1 minute per side. 

2) Place seared beef, 4 shallots, 1 cinnamon, and 6 allspice in a Suvie pan. Combine ¼ cup wine, 1 cup broth, 2 tbsp tomato paste, and 1 tsp oregano in a medium bowl or large measuring cup and whisk until blended. Add broth mixture to the pan, cover with aluminum foil, and place in the bottom zone of your Suvie. Input settings, and cook now or schedule. 

Suvie Cook Settings

Bottom Zone: Slow Cook on Low for 3 hours

Top Zone: None

3) When there is approx. 45 minutes remaining on the slow cook, place 1 cup orzo in the Suvie Starch Cooker strainer insert, place strainer insert into the pasta pot (green handles), and cover with the pot lid. Place the pasta pot on the hot plate, close the door, ensure drain tray is in place, and hit “cook”.  

Suvie Starch Cooker Settings:

Pasta, 9 minutes

4) After the cook, remove the pan from your Suvie. Remove and discard cinnamon stick and allspice berries, and season stew to taste with salt and pepper. Once the orzo has cooked, divide between 4 plates, top with stifado, and garnish with parsley.

Nutrition

Nutritional Information per serving (4 servings per recipe): Calories 530, Total Fat 20g, Total Carbohydrates 40g, Total Sodium 884mg, Total Protein 45g

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