This traditional Cretan dish is a Mediterranean Diet favorite that will warm you and fulfill you. Rich enough to serve as an entree for a Sunday dinner, yet, quick and simple enough to enjoy any night of the week. Serve with crusty sourdough bread for sopping up the delicious sauce from your bowl. I also recommend the Greek Salad or Cucumber-Tomato Salad with Feta and Fresh Mint to go with this meal.
Check out the slow-cooker and Instant Pot versions of this recipe below:
In a pot, heat half of the oil and brown the meat. Cover the meat with water and simmer.
In another pot, add the rest of the oil and saute onions and vegetables until soft (about 10 minutes). Add the tomatoes and mix everything together with the meat. Add the thyme, sage and mint. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and then lower heat. Simmer for 45 minutes.
Koula Barydakis was born into a long tradition of eating and living Mediterranean on the Greek island of Crete. She is a chef who has worked in many of the top restaurants in Crete and in Greek Town in Toronto, Canada. Koula is the co-author of “Foods of Crete, Traditional Recipes of the Healthiest People in the World” and is currently completing her second cookbook. Koula teaches cooking classes to tourists in Crete and has been hired to teach classes in other countries as well.