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Greek Beef Soup

Made with simple ingredients, Greek beef soup (kréas me kritharaki soupa) tastes wonderful!

Ingredients:
2 lbs. beef, cut into one inch chunks and a bone or two for rich stock
2 cups orzo or another small macaroni of your choice
1 bay leaf
2 cups freshly chopped tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.  In a large pot, cover the meat with water.  Add the bay leaf, tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.  Stew the meat gently for an hour. You want the meat to be tender, so cook it longer if needed, adding more liquid as it evaporates.  If you’re in a hurry, try using a pressure cooker to make the stock.  Use medium pressure for 20 minutes and your meat should be tender.

2.  When the meat is almost done, remove the bone and add the orzo, stirring occasionally so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom and scorch.  When the orzo is done so is the soup.  Serve it hot with some grated parmesan cheese on the side.

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Opa! stewed chicken and rice

Right from the villages of Rhodes, this simple stew recipe can turn any tough chicken into a tender one.

Ingredients:

1 cup olive oil
2 lbs. chicken pieces
1 large chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups chopped tomatoes
2 cups chicken stock
2 bay leaves
pinch oregano
pinch basil
salt and pepper to taste
4 cups rice

Directions:

1.  Wash and dry the chicken pieces and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.  Heat the oil in a large skillet and brown the chicken, onions and garlic together.

2.  Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, bay leaves and spices.  Lower the heat and simmer the stew until the chicken is tender – about 1 hour.  If needed add a bit more stock during the cooking time to keep the chicken and sauce juicy.  Serve over rice and enjoy!