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Pastitsada (Spicy Rooster or Beef with spaghetti in tomato sauce)

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

– 1 red onion, finely chopped

– 200g concentrated tomato sauce

– 1 can of chopped tomato

– a cup of vinegar

– 2 spoonfuls of Spitserika spice*

– 1-2 small chilli peppers (optional)

– salt and pepper



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



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




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



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



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



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



…then add the concentrated tomato juice and stir again.



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



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.



Start boiling your spaghetti as indicated on the package.



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



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



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