He gave us a loaf of bread, too. I've had Alcatra in restaurants here a few times, and sometimes, it is served with plain, boiled potatoes. Once, we had a fish alcatra (it might have been eel... we're still unsure about that, lol) and they gave us bread. They showed us how to do it- put chunks of bread on your plate, and top it with the meat and juices from the terra-cotta cookware. So, this is what we did with the Alcatra from our landlord's parents. (First picture above shows the meat over the bread. Below is just the bread).
Here is one, and here is another. If you want to Google recipes yourself, look up "Portuguese Alcatra"; otherwise, your search might only yield info about "Alcatraz". :) Maybe you should throw "Azores" into your search as well, because according to Wiki, the word Alcatra means something else in mainland Portugal.
We had way more Alcatra on hand than we could eat in a reasonable amount of time, so we froze two large portions of it for later. I'm thinking Alcatra beef stew this fall! :)
I just love our landlord and his parents- a few days after the Alcatra, he brought over a HUGE, still-warm loaf of sweet, delicious, flaky, buttery Massa Sovada- my FAVE Portuguese bread- it is soooo good! This one had hints of cinnamon and even cardamom. Their neighbor makes it in her house- using an old-fashioned wood burning oven (they look like this from the outside- all of the older houses here (and some new ones) have the huge, tell-tale chimeny). We ate the bread too fast to get pictures this time around. ;)
|Alcatra in its terra-cotta cooking vessel.|
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