A traditional and much-loved family recipe – Fotini’s Stifado Me Manitaria is a mushroom and shallot stew from Fofi Nikolaides, from the family of Ladi Biosas λάδι βιώσας @ladi_biosas.
Given Fofi and her family are producers of one of the world’s finest organic extra virgin olive oils, it makes sense that the recipe they would share would be a ‘ladero’ – an olive oil based dish.
This stifado recipe is from the Kalamata Region in the South Peloponnese of Greece. Although other stifado dishes are cooked with rabbit or beef, the Nikolaides family always cook their stifado with mushrooms. Their grandmother would pick wild mushrooms from the slopes of their olive groves and use them to prepare this fantastic dish, which is an absolute favourite. This dish is so hearty and delicious it will satisfy both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike!
Fofi says, ‘In the past, rural populations considered mushrooms as meat for the poor and relied on them when meat was unavailable. But now we understand the overwhelming benefits of a plant-based diet for health and longevity. The generous addition of our organic extra virgin olive oil to this recipe elevates the flavour and nutritional superiority of this dish too!
When the Stifado is ready, we recommend you serve it with fresh crusty bread and pair it with a nice glass of red wine. Kali Orexi!’
Thank you Fofi and the Ladi Biosas family for taking up the #merimonthofmay challenge and creating this beautiful video and sharing your special family recipe with us all!!!!