Greek Steffotto


"I always make this in the fall. It makes the whole house smell wonderful as it cooks. The combination of cinnamon, brown sugar, and vinegar give this a great flavor. Serve it over rice or noodles."

Ingredients 3 h 20 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 474 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 474 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 27.5 g
  • 42%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.2g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 29.9 g
  • 60%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 107 mg
  • 36%
  • Sodium:
  • 341 mg
  • 14%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Brown the chuck in a large pan.
  2. Add mushrooms and onions to meat, and cook until soft. Transfer to an oven proof pan.
  3. Mix together tomato paste, wine vinegar, and brown sugar. Pour this mixture over the meat and vegetables. Add cinnamon sticks, sprinkle of whole cloves, and salt and pepper to taste. Dilute with water to cover all.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for at least 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
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  1. 17 Ratings


WOW, this has some awesome flavor combinations, though I did make some minor changes based on other reviewers' comments. I was a bit leary of too much wine vinegar and how that would taste so I only used 1/2 cup of that, less brown sugar (also around 1/2), and whole cloves instead of ground. Even though these changes, I still think it deserves a high rating and we very much enjoyed this meal. Thanks for a great post ProfPam!

Holly K

I thought this recipe had a great, rich flavor with a bit of tang from the vinegar. I used a large oven-proof frypan with a tight fitting lid, went right from stove to oven. The recipe says "wine vinegar" - I assumed this was red wine vinegar and it came out fine. Also the recipe calls for 1/4 tsp ground cloves but the instructions refer to "whole cloves" only. I scattered 6 whole cloves over the mix just before putting it in the oven. We ate it straight like a stew, but it would be super over pasta or, if you are really hungry, mashed potatoes! Great reheated the next day.


Hmm, this did nothing for me. I consider myself a very adventurous eater but the flavors were too strong (vinegar) and not very complex.