Pastitsada is a typical dish from the island of Corfu, Greece. It is very often cooked with rooster and the secret of its spicy taste lies in the use of “Spitsierika”, a mix of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, laurel and cumin, all in an aromatic powder.

 

Laziness Factor: 2

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Ingredients for 4-5 servings:

– 1 kg beef meat

– 500g spaghetti

– 1 white onion, chopped

– 200g concentrated tomato sauce

– 1 can of chopped tomato

– 1 red onion, finely chopped

– a cup of vinegar

– 2 spoonfuls of Spitserika spice*

– 1-2 small chilli peppers (optional)

– salt and pepper

 

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*Spitserika spice is made of cinnamon powder, clove powder, nutmeg powder, allspice powder, ground laurel leaves and cumin.

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2.

Pastitsada can also be made with rooster, but here we preferred beef (perhaps it was lazier…).

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3.

Put some olive oil in a hot pot, add the chopped onion and stir for 1-2 minutes.

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Then add the meat and stir as the onion turns clearer and the meat, whiter.

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Pour the vinegar in and let the meat boil in it for a minute.

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Add the tomatoes. First the chopped ones from the can…

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…then add the concentrated tomato juice and stir again.

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8.

Add salt and pepper. Now it’s the time for the Spitserika, the special ingredient of this recipe.

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If you like spicy food, spice up the recipe by chopping a chilli pepper in or two.
Turn the heat down and let it simmer.

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Start boiling your spaghetti as indicated on the package.

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In 30-45 minutes, your meat and sauce are ready to serve.

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You can mix everything or serve without mixing. It is going to be equally fantastic! Bon appetit!

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