Beef in tomato sauce from Smyrna

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We are all familiar with this dish, the staple of our young years... But there are always some secrets for a very special beef, especially for people who love it!!!

Beef in tomato sauce from Smyrna
photo: july88

What we need:

  • 2.20 lbs beef (chuck)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 cup dry wine (whichever you like)
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 can of tomato purée
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • pepper
  • 3 pinches dried basil
  • 2 pinches oregano
  • 2 pinches thyme
  • 3 pinches rosemary
  • 5-7 allspice grains
  • 3 large bay leaves
  • 1 cup olive oil
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Greek recipes: Beef , Meat , Dairy free , Vegetables , Gluten free
Serves: 4
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How to do it:

Βήμα 1
1) First of all, wash the beef thoroughly after you cut in small pieces, the size of your personal preference.
Βήμα 2
2) Then place it in a pot with as much water as is needed to just cover it and let it boil over strong heat with the lid off until it foams.
Βήμα 3
3) Then wash the meat once more, thoroughly and squeeze it to strain and discard the liquids so that it doesn't let them out while browning. Wash the pot before you use it again, even though most people will just skim off the foam of the meat.
Βήμα 4
4) Pour the olive oil in the pot and once it heats add the beef to brown. In this way you don't allow the juices of the beef to come out and the beef is more tender.
Βήμα 5
5) Once you have browned the meat, add the finely chopped onion and once it is golden, stir in the wine.
Βήμα 6
6) When the alcohol of the wine has evaporated, add the tomato which you have already grated as well as the sugar and mix. Add the allspice and the bay leaves.
Βήμα 7
7) Add as much water as is needed to just cover the meat and after it boils for a couple of minutes, turn down the heat.
Βήμα 8
8) After about slightly over an hour and provided that you can pierce it with a fork, add the tomato purée, the salt, the pepper, the basil, the thyme, the rosemary and the oregano. Mix well and add a little water if necessary.
Βήμα 9
9) All in all the dish takes about 2 hours. If the sauce has not thickened, turn up the heat a little half-covered with the lid, always taking care that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot.

Additional tips

Bon appétit!!!

 Step by step photos are from ANGOLINA.

Gluten free diet

You should always check all your ingredients, to make sure they are gluten free

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