Sunday, September 13, 2020

Beef Pastitsada

Beef Pastitsada

This beef pastitsada is served with allspice and red wine. It's a slow cooking recipe and it's great if you have a group of friends coming. It is excellent with rice or creamy mashed potatoes and green vegetables.


  • 250 ml (1 cup) red wine
  • 12 shallots, peeled
  • 800g (1¾ lb) beef steak
  • 300 ml (½ pint) beef broth
  • 10 ml (2 tsp.) Ground allspice
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp.) Olive oil
  • 2 cans (400 g) chopped tomatoes or 800 g (1¾ lb) fresh tomatoes, peeled and seeded
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp.) Sugar [optional]


First, preheat the oven to 150 ° C / 130 ° C / 300 ° F fan / gas mark 2.

Then, heat the oil in a large ovenproof dish over high heat. Add a third of the beef and cook 5 minutes until golden brown. Reserve on a plate and repeat to brown the rest of the meat.

Add the shallots to the pan. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until color has just started.

Return the beef to the pan and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well, using a wooden spoon to scrape the caramelized pieces of meat from the base of the pan.

Cover with a lid and put in the oven. Cook 3 and a half hours or until rich and thick. Season as desired. Happy Cooking Time.