Sunday, January 11, 2009

Bife à Portuguêsa

I've been wanting to cook more Portuguese food, so I did an internet search and found this delicious looking recipe online, from the blog "Once Upon a Feast". There's beef, garlic, red wine vinegar, garlic again, and presunto- Portugal's version of prosciutto. Click here to go to this delicious recipe. When we've had restaurant meals here in the Azores, common sides are small, peeled, boiled yellow potatoes and steamed broccoli, so that's what we had with it. (Yes, we had broccoli again.... we really do have it often!). I chose not to peel the potatoes, and when they were done, I tossed them in a bit of butter. Let me just say that presunto is delicious. Our local grocery store had a ton of brands and varieties of presunto- I'm excited to use it again.

Bife à Portuguêsa
from Once Upon a Feast

4 large peeled garlic cloves, 2 crushed, 2 cut lengthwise in half
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 beef tenderloin steaks, ¾ “ inch thick (rib eye is another good choice)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1 large bay leaf, crumbled
4-6 thin slices presunto ham, prosciutto or other smoked ham ( thinly sliced back bacon or pancetta are other options)
¼ cup red wine, optional
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1 lemon cut into 8 wedges

1. Preheat oven to 250° F.

2. Mash the crushed garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper to a smooth paste with a mortar and pestle or in a bowl with the back of a spoon. With your fingers, rub the paste into the steaks, pressing firmly into both sides of the meat.

3. In a heavy 10-12 inch skillet (preferably not non-stick), melt the butter in olive oil over moderate heat. When the foam has almost subsided, add the garlic halves and bay leaf and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove and discard the garlic and bay leaf. Add the steaks and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, turning with tongs and regulating the heat to they color quickly and evenly. The steaks should be well-browned, but still pink inside.

4. Transfer the steaks to individual baking dishes or fairly deep plates and keep them warm in the oven. Add the slices of ham to the fat remaining in the skillet and cook over high heat, turning them frequently for 1-2 minutes.

5. With the tongs, place 2 slices of ham on each steak. Pour off all but a thin film of fat from the skillet, add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile scrape in any brown particles clinging to the bottom and sides of the pan.

6. Pour the sauce over the steaks, sprinkle with parsley and garnish with lemon wedges. Serve at once surrounded by roasted potatoes.
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Katypi said...

Dishy, this has to be one of your best pix yet! Oh my gosh does that ever look gooooood!

HoneyB said...

Oh Dishy! Grumpy would have thought he died and gone to heaven if he found this on his plate tonight! Looks absolutely delish!