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."


3 h 20 m servings 474 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • 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...

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 "w...

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

this was a wonderful and flavorful alternative to the norm beef stew....the whole family enjoyed it... the only change i made was to add potatoes... i liked the flavor the red wine vinegar add...

Very interesting, will try this tomorrow. The brown sugar is a new one on me. The recipe is usually spelled 'stifado' in Greek cookery books, and originates in Corfu, I think, where there is a s...

Great soup. I added brown and wild rice during the last hour to save time making rice.

When I make this, my kids go nuts... they know it's coming because it does make the house smell fantastic! My husband really enjoys it too.

Absolutely wonderful. Was looking for a different kind of Greek dish when I found this. Very easy to fix and fills the house with some fantastic smells!

I followed the suggestions and used about half the red wine vinegar, and since I didn't have cinnamon sticks I just used a ground. It still came out too sweet, yet bland. If I do this recipe aga...