Greek beef stew with noodles (slow cooker recipe)

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Greek beef stew with noodles (slow cooker recipe)
Greek beef stew with noodles (slow cooker recipe)
Servings:Serves 6
Calories per serving:373
Ready in:4 hours
Prep. time:25 minutes
Cook time:3 hours 35 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:8th July 2013
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Stewed beef with vegetables in a tomato sauce, server with noodles or pasta. This recipe has been adapted for cooking in a slow cooker and is a minimally altered version of Beef pastitsada (which is a Greek dish, hailing from Corfu).

As with any slow cooker recipe, the possibilities are endless. Providing the meat and shallots are sautéed and coloured and there is enough liquid to cook in, add what you fancy. I had a little freezer clean-out and found some pre cooked kidney beans, chopped sweet peppers, celery moons and a bag of cherry tomatoes from last summer. They will all add their own subtle flavours. The kidney beans will add protein, helping us to bulk the meal out and allow us to use a little less meat than the original recipe


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Ingredients

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Method

  1. In a large frying pan or wok, heat the olive oil and brown the meat for 5 minutes, remove and set to one side. Do this in small batches or you will just end up with boiled meat.
  2. Add the shallots, garlic and sweet peppers to the pan and sauté for 6 minutes to colour
  3. Return the beef to the dish and deglaze the pan with the wine and a wooden spatula
  4. Pour this and the remaining ingredients into the slow cooker pot and mix well
  5. Slow cook for 3 to 4 hours on medium heat
  6. Remove the cinnamon stick before serving.

Serving suggestions

Serve hot with pasta or noodles and fresh green vegetables such as broccoli or green beans

Chef's notes

This dish could also be made with veal, chicken or even Lobster.

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