Beef Stifado

Course : Beef
Serves: 8
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2 1/2 pounds lean stewing beef
3 tablespoons butter
1 can small onions -- (1 lb)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon mixed pickling spices
4 whole cloves
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste
1 package frozen tiny peas -- (12 oz)

Preparation / Directions:

Cut meat in 1-inch chunks. Melt butter in large frying pan; Brown meat. Transfer to crockery pot. Stir drained onions and brown sugar into frying pan. Cook over medium high heat, shaking pan, until glazed. Transfer to crockery pot. Add wine, water, tomato paste and vinegar to frying pan. Stir to loosen drippings. Pour over meat and onions. Place pickling spices and cloves in a tea ball or cheesecloth bag. Add to pot. Season with garlic, salt and pepper. Cover. Cook on LOW 8 hours. Thaw peas. Add the last half hour of coking. Cook down juices until slightly reduced. Serve in ramekins. Makes 8 servings. NOTE: Pickling spices and red wine vinegar punctuate this Greek stew. Round out the Aegean menu with pilaf, and salad w/feta cheese.

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