||Saltsa Kima (Greek Meat Sauce)
1 Onion; chopped fine
3 tb Butter
1 lb Lean ground beef
1 Garlic clove
1/2 c Dry red wine
1 lb Canned, peeled tomatoes*
2 tb Tomato paste
1/2 ts Granulated paste
1 Stick cinnamon
1 Bay leaf
Salt + Pepper
4 tb Chopped parsley
1 Sprig basil or 1/2 t dried
*Note: Tomatoes should be drained and chopped.
In a heavy saucepan cook the onion in a little water over medium heat
until softened, then add the fat and cook the onion until translucent.
Combine the ground beef with the onion, mashing with a fork and stirring
until the raw color disappears. Add the garlic and wine, then cover and
simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, the tomato paste, sugar,
cinnamon stick, bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste, then simmer, covered,
for 30 minutes longer. Add the parsley and basil during the last 10 to 15
minutes. Cook uncovered for the last few minutes, to allow excess liquid
to evaporate; the sauce should be thick. Remove the cinnamon stick before
serving. Makes 4 cups.
From "The Food of Greece" by Vilma Liacouras Chantiles.
Typed for you by Karen Mintzias