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Greek Beef and Tomato Stew with Orzo (Giouvetsi)

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Appears in May-June 2022

2½ hours

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Greek Beef and Tomato Stew with Orzo (Giouvetsi)

Giouvetsi (sometimes spelled youvetsi) is a meaty, tomato-rich stew flavored with alliums, spices and herbs. The meat for this traditional Greek dish—that often is paired with orzo—is commonly lamb, but Alexandra Manousakis and Afshin Molavi of Manousakis Winery in Crete use beef. This is our adaptation of their recipe. Often the orzo is simmered right into the braise, but we prefer to cook it separately, spoon it into bowls, then ladle on the stew. This way, the flavors and textures are more distinct. Anthotyros is the type of cheese Manousakis and Molavi use for finishing their giouvetsi, but we’ve opted for easier to find feta or Italian ricotta salata. The salty, tangy shreds are a perfect complement to the savory-sweetness of the stew.

4 to 6

Servings

Tip

Don’t forget to uncover the pot when the beef is just shy of tender, after about 1¼ hours of covered cooking. This allows some of the liquid to evaporate so the stew reaches the proper consistency and the flavors become deeper, richer and more concentrated.

2½ hours

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