Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Youvetsi with beef

Youvetsi is a very popular greek dish, that is made with beef or lamb (or any other meat you prefer). Beef (of lamb) is cooked with kritharaki, an orzo-type pasta, and tomato sause in a clay pot.

Ingredients
1/2 kilo beef cut into medium-sized pieces
1 or 2 onions, chopped
1 garlic mashed

1 carrot chopped
oppional: 1-2 peppers chopped
1 cup of red wine
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
3-4 tbsp tomato sauce
a handful of parsleychopped
1 cup kritharaki (orzo-type pasta)
olive oil


How to make
Put olive oil in a pot (or a pressure cooker) and when hot, add the chopped onions. Let them soften and continue with carrots and pepper. Let them soften too, add the spices, except salt and sugar and then the piece of meat. Turn the meat with a wooden spoon from all sides until browned. 
 
Then, pour the wine over the meat and let it boil for about 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, sugar and parsley and stir well. Fill the pot with water, until meat is fully covered. Let it boil until beef is almost ready. This means about 1 hour or little longer or just 15-20 minutes in the pressure cooker. 
In another pot, heat water with plenty of salt and when starts to boil add the kritharaki. Let is boil for 10-12 minutes and then drain and rinse well. At this point kritharaki will be undercooked.

When beef and kritharaki are both ready put them together in a clay pot, like the one shown above, with with as much gravy from the pot as necessary to cover them.
 
Close the clay pot and bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about an hour, until kritharaki absorbs the gravy and softens. 
 
Find it in Greek here.

44 comments:

  1. This looks great! I've got orzo in the pantry too. Always looking for new ethnic dishes to try. Glad I found ya!

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  2. @ Laura, thank you so much! I hope you like it!

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  3. This looks like a very comforting dish that just says home cooking.

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  4. Scrumptious and so comforting! I love those pasta.

    Best wishes for 2012!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. delicious looking combination nice to meet you too
    happy holidays

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  6. @ Rosa, thank u so much! Happy Holidays!

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  7. @ Torviewtoronto, nice to meet you again! Thank u!

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  8. Delicious! I've never actually made this but I love it. I hope to try your recipe soon. :)

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  9. My mother makes this and I love it. This is Greek comfort food!!! I will have to try your recipe and try to impress my mother!
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
    Happy New Year!
    Angeliki

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  10. Pasta cooked in claypot sounds wonderful! I'd love to learn more Greek cooking from you. Happy to follow you, too! :)

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  11. that pasta looks interesting and the whole dish sounds so tasty :)

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  12. Yum - I had a dish like this made with lamb when I visited Greece earlier this year. I loved it, so I will definitely be trying this recipe.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog - I hope you'll visit again.

    Sue :-)

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  13. @ Cheryl, I hope you try and succeed!

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  14. @ Angela, I hope you impress her! Happy New Year!

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  15. @ Veronica, thank you! I hope you find my blog interesting!

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  16. @ Couscous, thank you for stopping by too! Hope you try and like this!

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  17. Dear Elpinki, oh how love Greek food! Savannah has Greek festival each year and it is the highlight of my culinary experience! So happy to connect with you and look forward to learning many new Greek recipes from you. :)

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  18. @ Kay, thank you for visiting! I hope you find my recipes interesting!

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  19. Great recipe to use my clay cooker. Thnank you for your comments; I am also joining you.
    Rita

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  20. What a delicious dish!!! Perfect comfort food for the chilly winter evenings! Nice to find your blog~

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  21. Hi Elpiniki,
    This looks so yummy! I love Greek food and would love to try this recipe out. Happy New Year.

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  22. this dish is new to me and it looks quite delicious.. great!cd

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  23. @ Rita, thank you too! Hope you like it! Happy New Year!

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  24. @ Lizzy Do, thank you so much! Happy New Year!

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  25. @ Asmita, I hope you like this recipe!
    Happy New Year!

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  26. @ Kitchen Boffin, thank you so much!

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  27. This looks lovely! I can never find orzo over here!
    Happy New Year and wish you a wonderful 2012!

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  28. @ kitchen flavours, thank you so much!
    Happy, helthy, full of love and happy moments New Year to you too!

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  29. hi - am totally new to greek cuisine - i will follow u from now on............great knowing u and thank u for dropping by A Portion to Share!
    happy new year!!

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  30. Happy New Year Elpiniki. Thank you for passing from my Greek blog and it was a pleasant surprise to discover you, with so many friends in common. Hope you will be passing from my English blog as well (http://kopiaste.org)
    Giouvetsi is one of our favourite family dishes and love that clay pot you have.

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  31. Nice recipe! Thanks for visiting and commenting. It is a great pleasure to visit your blog!
    Happy New Year, wish you all the best,
    Cheers

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  32. Thanks for visiting! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

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  33. @ Vidhya Viju Govind, thank you! Hope you find greek cuisine interesting!

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  34. @ Ivy, happy new year! Thank you for stopping by...

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  35. @ Mamatkamal, thank you! Happy New Year to you too!

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  36. Ohhhh, I love this dish.I order it often when I go to eat in a greek restaurant, so flavorful, so tender, so delicious. I love it. Hmmmm :-)

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  37. @ Anita, now you can make this at home! Its not that difficult!

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