Recipe for Greek Cretan Style Spicy Beef

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This traditional beef dish is served as both a meze and a main course. It’s spiced differently than a lot of traditional Greek dishes, mainly because it originates on Crete where the spice profile often differs from other parts of Greece. Of course, you can omit the red pepper if you don’t like it hot.

Greek Cretan Style Spicy Beef (Bekri) Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds boneless beef, cut in cubes
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Greek olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped parsley

Directions to Prepare Cretan Spicy Meatballs:

Sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper and set aside.

Pour the olive oil into a skillet and set the heat to medium. Let the oil heat for about a minute and then add the bell pepper and onion. Saute until both are soft. This should take about five minutes.

Stir in the beef and cook on medium heat for about five minutes, or until the beef is at least partially cooked through. Stir in the white wine with a wooden spoon. Scrape the bottom of the skillet with the wooden spoon to remove the brown bits (this is where you will get a lot of flavor).

Sprinkle in the cumin and red pepper. Let the mixture cook on medium-low for about ten minutes, or until the beef is cooked all the way through. Sprinkle the dish with fresh, chopped parsley just before serving.

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