Salyanka: Georgian Beef Stew with Red Peppers

April 2, 2014
Salyanka: Georgian Beef Stew with Red Peppers


Author Notes: This is a traditional Jewish recipe from the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Joan Nathan

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cubed
  • 2 large red bell peppers, cut in 1-inch squares
  • 7 ounces canned plum tomatoes (about 3 fresh plum tomatoes) peeled, crushed with your hands
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
  • hot paprika, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Put the meat in a Dutch oven or similar heavy pot and cover with water. You’ll need about 3 cups. Bring to a boil and skim the foam off the top. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until almost tender, adding more water as necessary. You might have to periodically skim more foam off the top.
  2. Add the red peppers and the tomatoes, stir, and cook uncovered for another 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste, onions, and garlic, cover, and cook for another 40 minutes to 1 hour, until the beef is very tender and almost falling apart.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika to taste and stir in half the parsley. Serve over rice, sprinkled with the remaining parsley.

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