This is a recipe that I got from my mother-in-law. She doesn't measure, so it took me a while to get it close. The gravy is close to the one they use in Portuguese restaurants.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, combine red wine, water, garlic, chile paste, white pepper and salt. Add beef, and turn to coat evenly.

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  • In a large heavy skillet over medium heat, fry 3 steaks for 2 minutes on each side; Set steaks aside, and drain liquids into the red wine mixture. Repeat with remaining beef.

  • Pour oil into skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Fry steaks for a second time, 2 minutes on each side. Drain oil, and return all steaks and marinade to the pan. Allow to boil for 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

466.7 calories; 20.5 g protein; 4 g carbohydrates; 80.5 mg cholesterol; 271.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2004
This is a traditional portuguese dish. My mom makes it all the time and she serves it 2 ways-1 as a sandwhich with fresh french rolls and butter(called a bifana) which is my favorite and 2 served with home made fries and a fried egg(this is the way they serve it in restaurants in Portugal). We marinade it a little diff we don't use water and instead of the chili and white pepper we use 2 small red peppers. We marinade it over night also. This is my favorite!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/08/2010
This was ok. The gravy is nice but the wine is a bit overpowering. Read More
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47 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2004
This is a traditional portuguese dish. My mom makes it all the time and she serves it 2 ways-1 as a sandwhich with fresh french rolls and butter(called a bifana) which is my favorite and 2 served with home made fries and a fried egg(this is the way they serve it in restaurants in Portugal). We marinade it a little diff we don't use water and instead of the chili and white pepper we use 2 small red peppers. We marinade it over night also. This is my favorite!!! Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2004
I was in Portugal this summer & had this dish. I have added some Balsamic vinegar to give it abit of an edge(Think they used that in Portugal as it had a slightly sharp taste). Also they had sliced sauted potatoe around the dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2008
This was incredibly good but be warned not for the faint of heart where garlic is concerned! The first time I made this I served it with mashed potatoes and drizzled the sauce over them too. My son's friend said it was the best steak he'd ever had in his life and this from an 18-year-old male! I didn't change a thing. Make sure you use good steak and don't overcook. The total cooking time might be a bit long if you like your steak medium to medium-rare as I do. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2007
I made this for a small dinner party and the beef turned out absolutely fantastic that my guests are still talking about it 6 months after. I wouldn't change anything about it. Just perfect. Absolutely a perfect treat! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2003
I really enjoyed this recipe. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2004
Just enough spice to add a kick. Saute assorted peppers and onions for a nice side over white rice. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2008
Easy and delicious. Make sure you use a good cut of steak though. We had it with couscous and salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2004
This was an amazing dish! I agree with one of the other reviewers that you should make sure you use a good wine. I followed the directions exactly and would not change a thing. I cannot wait to make this for my sister and brother-in-law next time they are over. This one is a winner! My family really liked this dish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2010
Yum! Bifanas on paposecos are the best ever. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/08/2010
This was ok. The gravy is nice but the wine is a bit overpowering. Read More
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