Nikoletta Nicolaou – Brisket Stifado

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BRISKET STIFADO (Slow Cooked Beef Casserole)

  • 1-1.5kg brisket – fat already trimmed
  • 500g shallots (10-12), peeled and whole
  • 5 garlic cloves, whole
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 400g can plum tomatoes
  • 2-3 ripe tomatoes
  • 200ml red wine
  • 400ml water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme and oregano
  • ground black pepper and salt
  • 4-5 potatoes

Step 1 Preheat your oven to 140C fan-forced. In a casserole pot (one that is suitable for the oven and with a lid because we’re going to pop it in there too,) brown the meat on a medium-high heat in batches with a little EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). Once the meat has browned all over, place it in a clean dish and set it aside.

Step 2 On a medium heat, add a little more EVOO into the same pot and sauté the shallots whole until soft. Add the garlic and soften them for 4-5 minutes then add the tomato paste. Mix well and cook the paste until it turns a burgundy colour. Add the ripe and can tomatoes, break them up with a wooden spoon and simmer for about 5 minutes until any excess liquid from the tomatoes has reduced.

Step 3 Pour in the wine and simmer until it has reduced by about half then add half a can of water, red wine vinegar, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, dried oregano, fresh thyme, oregano, salt and pepper.

Step 4 With the lid on, pop your pot in the oven for an hour. Meanwhile, peel and wash your potatoes, cut them into quarters and add them to your casserole pot after an hour. Continue to slow cook for 90 minutes then remove the lid, crank the heat up to 200C and cook for a final 10 minutes until your stifado has picked up a bit of colour. Serve with pourkouri pilafi (bulgar pilaf or rice) or mash potato.

Introducing… Nikoletta Nicolaou from Nikoletta’s Kitchen

Who is Nikoletta?

Nikoletta is a passionate home cook, who shops weekly at Paddy’s Markets turning her fresh purchases into delicious dishes inspired by her Cypriot heritage!

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