The first thing I always do before I start making this recipe is I always boil the meat for about 1/2 hour. This little step just helps the meat to become a bit more tender than just adding straight into the pot to sauté with the onions. Some like to substitute Leek instead of Onions. Even though I enjoy leek in most of my recipes in this dish I use onions.
In a large pot add in the cooking butter or the olive oil..which ever you prefer and sauté the onions…place the meat into the pot and sauté for about 10 minutes.
Add in the fresh grated fresh tomatoes, the cinnamon stick, tomato paste, bay leaf and stir.
Pour wine, oregano and 2 cups of water.
Add in the Orzo and stir…let this simmer for 1/2 hour.
For casseroles I use ceramic baking dish. The food tastes as if its been baked the old fashion way 🙂 in an old stove with wood burner :).. Remove cinnamon stick and bay leaf, pour the casserole into the baking pan and add 2 cups of water, stir cover with lid or aluminum foil.
Bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes. Sprinkle some Kefalotyri or Parmesan Cheese and enjoy.