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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Bringing Greek food home..(Marinated Beef with Tzatziki)

Well this week, along with some other good food for the week, I made some beef. Don't get me wrong, I have been trying to cook healthier for me, the other half and my nephew. The dogs don't count as they have their own food. :)  With this weather, I was hoping to go out to the Greek Festival, but oh well. Make do with some Greek food at home.


1 lb stew meat
1 large red onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
4 sprigs fresh oregano
1 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup white wine
tzatziki sauce

Preheat the oven at 275. In a mixing bowl, add the ingredients altogether. Make sure that the meat is adequately covered with the spices. Pour the mixture into a baking dish. Cover with foil in order for it to continue to cook.With the meat covered, place into the oven.

Continue to cook the mixture in the preheated oven for about 5 hours. While that is cooking, start working on the tzatziki sauce:

1 cup greek yogurt
1/2 of a cucumber (seeded and diced)
ground pepper
1/2 tsp dill
1/2 tsp mint
1 tsp paprika
1/2 lemon

While that is cooking, place the yogurt into a bowl. Mince the dill and mint then place into the yogurt. Add the cucumber. Add salt, pepper and paprika to taste. Squeeze the juice out of half a lemon atop the yogurt. Mix with the spoon and place into the refrigerator to chill. This allows the spices to meld with the yogurt.

After the 5 hours, take the meat out of the oven. Let it cool for about 5 to 10 minutes. 
 I am having the meat with a side salad of spinach and cucumber along with some orzo pasta (with spinach and tomato). Good greek food at home!


  1. I love Greek yogurt and I'm always looking for new ways to use it - reading your recipe for tzatziki, I couldn't help thinking, I bet I could use this for a salad dressing...

  2. Only problem with that is a little too thick. Maybe if you added a little olive oil and/or vinegar, but I think it would take away from the flavor. (thought about it too...but nope...opted not to) :)

  3. Good point. Although the temptation remains to make an attempt :) First I've got to use up my batch of homemade Ranch. I'm drowning in Ranch!