Stefado (greek-style Oven Beef Stew) - Greek Recipe (Main Course)

1/4 c Olive oil
1 1/2 lb Boneless beef chuck - cut into 1-1/2" cubes
2 tb All-purpose flour
12 oz Small white boiling onions - peeled
1 lb Tomatoes,peeled,seeded,chopd
3 Garlic cloves - minced
2 1/2 tb Chopped fresh thyme - -OR- 1 t -Dried thyme
2 1/2 tb Chopped fresh rosemary -OR- 1 t -Dried rosemary
2 1/2 tb Chopped fresh oregano -OR- 1 t -Dried oregano
1 Bay leaf - crumbled
1 t Ground cumin
2 c Dry red wine
1/2 lb Feta cheese, crumbled
Salt & freshly ground pepper
Recipe Method
Preheat over to 350 F
Heat oil in heavy 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven over medium high heat
Toss beef with flour in large bowl
Add beef to pan in batches and cook until brown, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes per batch
Transfer browned beef to bowl
Add onions to pan and cook until light brown, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes
Add tomatoes, garlic, herbs and cumin to pan
Stir in wine and bring to a boil
Cover and bake in oven until beef is tender, about 2 hours (Can be prepared 1 day ahead
Cover and refrigerate
Rewarm to 350 F oven before continuing) Stir feta into stew
Return to oven and continue baking until cheese is heated through, about 10 minutes
Season with salt and pepper and serve
Serves 4