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.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Brown the chuck in a large pan.

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  • Add mushrooms and onions to meat, and cook until soft. Transfer to an oven proof pan.

  • 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.

  • Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for at least 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

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Nutrition Facts

474 calories; 27.5 g total fat; 107 mg cholesterol; 341 mg sodium. 28.2 g carbohydrates; 29.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2010
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/29/2002
Hmm this did nothing for me. I consider myself a very adventurous eater but the flavors were too strong (vinegar) and not very complex. Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2010
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2010
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/29/2002
Hmm this did nothing for me. I consider myself a very adventurous eater but the flavors were too strong (vinegar) and not very complex. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2006
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 added...and having greek heritage its nice to finally have a good greek recipe! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/29/2002
Great soup. I added brown and wild rice during the last hour to save time making rice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2004
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 strong Italian influence (the name comes from the Italian 'stufato' which simply means 'stewed'. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2004
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
This is so good - I think it tastes like a barbecue stew. It really did make the house smell wonderful. I don't think kids would like it as the vinegar might be overpowering to them. Great with roasted potatoes. Read More
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