Greek Beef Stifado with Orzo

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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  • 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


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. 

2) Divide seared beef, shallots, cinnamon, and allspice between two Suvie pans. Combine wine, broth, tomato paste, and oregano in a medium bowl or large measuring cup and whisk until blended. Divide broth mixture between the two Suvie pans. Place the pans in the top two zones of your Suvie. 

3) Place the orzo into the starch pan and insert into your Suvie. Fill reservoir, input settings, and cook now or schedule. 

My Cook > Slow Cook Settings

High, 3 hours

Starch: 10 minutes 

4) After the cook, remove pans from your Suvie. Remove and discard cinnamon stick and allspice berries from the pans. Season stew to taste with salt and pepper. Divide orzo and stifado between 4 plates and garnish with parsley.


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

CategoriesBeef Dinner Greek
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