Stifado is the Greek version of comfort food. It’s a rich dish full of onions, wine, and spices. It’s super easy to make. Like a stew, you throw everything in a pot. Then, cook it until the meat is so tender it’s falling apart. My grandmother often made chicken or beef stifado in the winter, when I was growing up. But my clearest memory of eating stifado was on a winter trip to the gorgeous mountain village of Arachova, pictured below.
After traipsing up what seemed like a thousand steps, my mother and I found a cozy little restaurant with a wood burning fireplace. They made hilopites (Greek noodles) from scratch and served them with a generous portion of stifado heaped on top. Now, when I make this dish, and the air grows heavy with the scent of cinnamon, wine, and clove, it takes me back to the grey skies and wet stone streets of one of Greece’s most beautiful mountain villages.
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