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Kreatosoupa: Traditional Greek Meat Soup Made With Beef. Perfect For a Snowy Day in Greece.


Kreatosoupa:  Traditional Greek Meat Soup, Made With Beef
Kreatosoupa:
 Traditional Greek Meat Soup, Made With Beef


Am I really in Greece, and Southern Greece to boot?

We have had an Arctic cold front “Ariadne”, which drifted in at the tail-end of last week, wreaking havoc, especially on the Aegean island of Skopelos, which flew to fame through the film "Mama Mia"; Greece is just not equipped for snow!


Snow on Skopelos Aegean Greek island of "Mama Mia" fame.
Snow on Skopelos
Aegean Greek island of "Mama Mia" fame.


Just as we thought the cold spell was coming to an end, it got its second breath, and, peeking through the curtains last night, I was amazed to see it snowing rather hard, but never expected to see what I woke up to this morning!


Our garden What we woke up to this morning. Loutraki, Greece.
Our garden
What we woke up to this morning.
Loutraki, Greece.


A winter wonderland, our garden was white; a rare sight for Loutraki, in fact, the last time this happened here was 2006.


Snow on Loutraki beach, Greece. Photo Corinth City
Snow on Loutraki beach, Greece.
Photo Corinth City

All very beautiful, though extremely cold, with a temperature of -2 degrees C!


Corinth Canal Isthmus, Greece, under snow
Corinth Canal
Isthmus, Greece, under snow

 
The perfect day for a warming soup, MGG (My Greek God), went off first thing with his shopping list, and was back in two shakes of a lambs tail, with all the ingredients for  “Kreatopsoupa”, that’s Greek for meat soup.

When my mother made this, years ago, back in Yorkshire, we called it stew, invariably it had yummy suet dumplings floating in it.



Beef stew with suet dumplings Photo Food.com
Beef stew with suet dumplings
Photo Food.com


Well, I’ve tried suet dumplings out on my family, definitely a no no, what a strange lot they are.

All my family though, including sweet Melina, my five year old granddaughter love stew, minus the dumplings, so that’s what will warm us up on this cold and snowy day.


“Kreatosoupa” Beef stew.

Ingredients for 4 – 6 people


Ingredients for traditional Greek" Kreatosoupa" Meat soup.
Ingredients for traditional Greek" Kreatosoupa"
Meat soup.

1 kilo beef, cut into bite – sized pieces

6-7 large carrots, peeled and sliced

5 – 6 large potatoes, peeled and cubed

A large bunch of celery

3 – 4 large onions, peeled and sliced

Salt & pepper to taste

Method

Half fill a large saucepan with water and bring to the boil
Add meat, (I use kitchen scissors to cut into bite – size pieces, much easier than a knife), sliced carrots, sliced onions, cubed potatoes, and celery.
Again, after washing the celery, I finely cut it into very small pieces, using kitchen scissors, straight into the pan.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Give it all a good mix, bring to the boil, lower heat and simmer for a good three hours, giving it the occasional stir.


Kreatosoupa:  Traditional Greek Meat Soup, Made With Beef
Kreatosoupa:
 Traditional Greek Meat Soup, Made With Beef


Some recipes advice you to skim off the foam that forms at the beginning of boiling, I never do this, I feel as though that would be throwing away some of the flavor and goodness.
As long as you give it a few good stirs, when it starts to appear, it soon disappears to where it came from!

Once the beef is tender and soft, it’s ready.





Kreatosoupa:  Traditional Greek Meat Soup, Made With Beef
Kreatosoupa:
 Traditional Greek Meat Soup, Made With Beef


Slice up some fresh crusty bread and enjoy, don’t wait for it to snow before you try it!


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