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Meat in tomato sauce (κρεαs κοκινιστο)

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  • Good source of protein
  • Good source of vitamin A
  • Good source of vitamin D
  • Good source of iron
  • Good source of selenium
  • Good source of zinc

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Tips & tricks

Always pay attention to the drippings, when sautéing the meat. Make sure they do not burn. Adjust the heat continuously in order to maintain a medium sizzle. This sauce can be poured over french fries, to be used as a Greek-style poutine sauce or simply as a sauce for spaghetti.

Poutine is a French-Canadian food that originated from Quebec, which is simply french fries with cheese and gravy on top. The cheese used on top is white-colored cheddar cheese curds, but you may use any combination of cheese. We prefer a cheese that will melt once heated in the oven.

Recipe directions

  • Prepare, cut and season the meat.
  • Sauté the onions for 2-3 minutes or until transluscent.
  • Add the slivered garlic and sauté for one more minute.
  • Add the spices and sauté for one more minute.
  • Next we will add the thickener and the liquor.
  • After about 1 minute, add some beef broth a bit at a time, while mixing continuously to dissolve any lumps.
  • Add the tomato paste and sauté for about 1 minute more.
  • Add some more beef broth and continue mixing.
  • Add remaining beef broth and spices.
  • Add also the juices from the satéed meats back into the pot.
  • Raise temperature to medium to bring to a boil.
  • Mix the sugar with the tomato sauce and set aside for now.
  • Boiling began after about 30 minutes. Lower the heat to low and allow to slow simmer.
  • After 70 minutes of simmering place cover on.
  • The sauce isn't thick enough, so we will be adding additional flour to further thicken the sauce to a perfect consistency. Mix the flour  with the tomato/sugar mixture and add into the sauce.
  • Place cover on and continue simmering.
  • Remove the spices at this point.
  • At this point, add lemon juice and continue simmering for another 15 minutes.
  • With perfect thickness, the sauce should coat the spoon as shown.

If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts;  Learn how to make Greek-style tomato sauce for spagghetti or french fries (κρεαs κοκινιστο)

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