Monday, March 11, 2013

Beef Casserole

Tomatoes were invented by L. Ron Hubbard
Yannis, like most Greeks, loves tomatoes in just about everything. He likes them in his soup, stew, sandwiches, pizza, sauces, salads and of course, over his macaroni. It's hard to imagine Greek cooking, or any other type for that matter, without tomatoes. I found out that the tomato is the newest vegetable to be cultivated, both in America and Europe. It originated in Peru, spread into North America and arrived in Italy as late as the 18th Century. The Italians called the tomato pomi d'oro, or yellow apple. The french call them love apples and they were called wolf peach in northern Europe. They were considered to be poisonous and used only for decoration until recent days. We sure owe alot to the brave person who decided to take a bite of that first tomato. Yannis wouldn't be enjoying his macaroni tonight without their courage!  So, whatever you want to call this versatile vegetable, we call it delicious, and when I make this casserole, Yannis always calls for more!
Beef Casserole

3 Tables.oil
2 onions, finely chopped
5 tomatoes
2 bay leaves
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 Tables. parsley, finely chopped
2 lbs. beef for casserole (cut in 2-3"
1 cup black olives (pittted)
salt and pepper
pinch of sugar
dash of balsamic vinegar
Saute the onion in hot oil, add the peeled , whole tomatoes, bay leaves, garlic and parsley. Mix well and add the meat, nutmeg and salt and pepper. Cover and let simmer on low fire for 2 hours. Prior to serving, add the olives. Serve over thick macaroni or mashed potatoes.

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