How to make it

  • Use a 3 to 4 quart heavy stainless steel pot or an enamel casserole over cast iron to make this sauce.
  • Heat saucepan over medium high heat for a minute or two and add olive oil. Heat oil until hot and ready to sizzle. Quickly add all chopped onions and a little pepper. Stir quickly and saute for a couple of minutes until soft and then add the garlic and saute for a minute until oil is flavored but garlic has not burned. Add tomato paste and stir all together until tomato paste has cooked for a couple of minutes and blended with the onions and garlic. This gives the sauce some structure.
  • Begin adding ground beef in small handfuls stirring with wooden spoon until meat looses its pink color and all the meat is added to the pot. Keep stirring. When all meat is mixed well with the onions and garlic and seems mostly browned, add salt, rest of pepper, oregano, basil, sugar, cinnamon and just about an 1/8th of a teaspoon of the allspice and stir until everything is mixed in. Add tomatoes and rinse out can with a half cup of water and add to the saucepan. Add parsley. Keep stirring and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered or partially covered for about 40 minutes. Check every 10 or 15 minutes and stir a little. When almost done check for seasoning to see if perhaps more salt, pepper, cinnamon or sugar is needed. Sauce should be rather thick. Cool and refrigerate covered with plastic wrap until ready to use or freeze for later use.

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    " It was excellent "
    Cosmicmother ate it and said...
    Oh my, this is heavenly!! Not only does it smell intoxicating while simmering, it's tastes just like--if not better-- than any Greek Restaurant I've been too! I still have to let it sit overnight and make the Pasticcio tomorrow. I can't wait! Thanks for posting your family recipe!
    made 01/26/2018
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    " It was excellent "
    trev ate it and said...
    This is not what I was looking for, but by golly, this sounds great. I will try this. Thanks!
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  • smitty7777 10 years ago
    this is just what i had been looking for...thanks
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    " It was excellent "
    lincolntoot ate it and said...
    Ohhhh - I can smell this cookin' - High 5!
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    " It was excellent "
    mamalou ate it and said...
    sounds delish!
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  • fuzzy 11 years ago
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    Simply easy delicous thanks
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  • livewell 12 years ago
    I grew up in a Greek household with Grampa and his 8 brothers and sisters coming to Ellis Island from Greece. This recipe is spot on. Thanks for posting it.
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  • dixiejet 12 years ago
    WONDERFUL ! I will most certainly bookmark this one ! I love Greek food and have been known to drive 8 hours just to eat at my favorite Greek restaurant. ;o)
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  • donnaja1231 12 years ago
    This sounds great. Thank you!
    Donna A.
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