- Beef with green olives.

Category: Mediterranean Diet, Cretan Recipe. 

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 1h 10min  
Level: Easy

Beef with green olives, Mediterranean Diet, The Cretan Diet,


  • 1 kg beef
  • ½ kg green olives
  • 3-4 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt, pepper
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil   $


  1. Wash the meat and cut into medium-sized pieces. 
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the meat until it browns. 
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, finely chopped garlic, cinnamon, salt and pepper and 1 cup of water. 
  4. Leave to simmer for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, toss the green olives into scalding hot water and when the meat is half cooked, add them to the pan. Cook for about another half an hour.

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  1. The cinnamon is surprising to me. About how much do you think you used? You're picture definitely makes me want to try this.

  2. Dear Tammy thank you for your interest. For this recipe needs two cinnamon sticks. At this old cretan recipe you will discover the important roll played cinnamon in red sauce.

  3. This recipe sounds like it would be very distinct in its flavor, especially with the cinnamon. Very different. I must try!

  4. Do not forget to accompany it with a glass of red wine, preferably Cabernet, thank you for your comment theunknowncook.com