Saltsa Kima (Greek Meat Sauce)

Course : Greek
Serves: 4
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1 medium Onion -- chopped fine
3 tablespoons butter
1 pound lean ground beef
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 pound canned -- peeled tomatoes*
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon granulated paste
1 stick cinnamon
1 piece bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt and pepper
4 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 bunch basil or 1/2 t dried

Preparation / Directions:

*Note: Tomatoes should be drained and chopped. In a heavy saucepan cook the onion in a little water over medium heat until softened, then add the fat and cook the onion until translucent. Combine the ground beef with the onion, mashing with a fork and stirring until the raw color disappears. Add the garlic and wine, then cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, the tomato paste, sugar, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste, then simmer, covered, for 30 minutes longer. Add the parsley and basil during the last 10 to 15 minutes. Cook uncovered for the last few minutes, to allow excess liquid to evaporate; the sauce should be thick. Remove the cinnamon stick before serving. Makes 4 cups. From "The Food of Greece" by Vilma Liacouras Chantiles.

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