Hi there to all my friends. How’s the weather in your country? Here in Greece we start to really feel winter. Finally it was about time. I love winter.
When it starts getting chilly outside we usually cook a bit heavier, meaning with more spices end a bit spicier too. For example stew is usually a winter’s dish and that’s what I cooked yesterday. Beef stew or else kokkinisto as we say in Greek. It’s an old-time classic recipe, and beef is cooked in tomato sauce with lots of spices.
As I have said before I don’t eat any other meat than chicken or beef and only if they’re cooked by me. But you feel free to use any kind of meat as pork for example for this recipe. Actually in all recipes containing meat I think you can replace it with any kind of meat you like, so go ahead. Filia!!
Kokkinisto which actually means cooked in tomato sauce is a dish cooked almost every week. Chicken, pork, beef are cooked in the same way and served with rice, pasta, French fries or mashed potatoes. Try it any way you like it!
- 1 kilo lean beef, cleaned, dried and cut in portions
- 2 cloves
- 4-5 allspice dried berries
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- ½ cinnamon stick
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 70gr tomato paste
- Nutmeg (powder)
- Olive oil
- 1-1.2 lt boiled water
- Wash your beef and drain.
- Season each portion with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
- Heat olive oil in a pressure cooker until smoking hot and sauté beef on all sides until golden brown. Sauté only one - two pieces at a time. We don’t want the olive oil temperature to drop. Place in a plate.
- In the same pressure cooker sauté tomato paste for 2 minutes.
- Add all spices, the cube, water, sugar and beef. Close your cooker and cook in high pressure for about 20-40 minutes (it depends on the beef).
- When your beef is soft and tender open your cooker and cook until the sauce is in the right consistency, depending on your preferences.
- Serve with spaghetti or mashed potatoes.