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Portuguese Steak
(Bife A Portuguesa)
What You Need:
  • 4 large peeled garlic cloves, 2 crushed with a cleaver or knife and 2 cut lengthwise into halves
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 beef tenderloin steaks, sliced about inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large bay leaf, crumbled
  • 8 thin slices smoked ham
  • cup dry red wine
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1 lemon cut into 8 wedges

  • How To Cook:
    1. Preheat the oven to 250F. Mash the crushed garlic, vinegar, salt and a few grindings of 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 it firmly into both sides of the meat.

    2. In a heavy 10- to 12-inch skillet, melt the butter in the 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. Then with a slotted spoon, remove and discard the garlic and bay leaf.

    3. Add the steaks and cook for 2 or 3 minutes on each side, turning them with tongs, and regulating the heat so that 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 or 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 scraping in any brown particles clinging to the bottom and sides of the pan.

    6. Pour the sauce over the steaks, sprinkle them with parsley and garnish each serving with lemon wedges. Serve at once.

    7. "Bife a portuguesa" is usually served with Portuguese fried potatoes carefully arranged around the edges of the serving dishes.

    To Serve: 4
    This recipe is also available in:
    Cuisine Europe Portugal
    Main Ingredient Meat & Poultry Beef
    Dish Main Courses


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