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Beef Trinchao

Trinchado is a classic Portuguese dish that is spicy and very rich with a sauce that will keep everyone quiet for a long while! If you have never eaten Trinchado you want to do yourself a favor and try it. It’s simple enough and your family will love you… unless they are dieting.

What you need

1 kg rump steak cubed
1 large onion finely sliced
50ml Worcestershire sauce
1 cup red wine
3/4 cloves crushed garlic
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon paprika
2/3 small red chilies chopped
3/4 tablespoons flour
Butter and oil for frying

The process

Create a marinade by adding the Worcestershire sauce, garlic, wine, salt, pepper, paprika, chilies and bay leaf and give it a mix.

Add the beef, stir to coat the beef and then cover with cling film and set aside in the fridge to marinade. You must let it marinade for at least 2 hours but overnight is best. This ensures that the beef is very tender and the flavors permeate right through the meat.

In a pot with some butter sauté the onions on a medium heat until translucent and then remove and set aside.

Dust the beef with flour and fry in a little oil on high to brown all over. Add the onions back into the pan with whatever marinade is remaining. Reduce the heat, add a little water to create the sauce, mix well and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.

Check on it every now and then and add water to make a nice amount of sauce.

The sauce will thicken from the flour the meat was coated in.

This is spicy and delicious and should be served with potato wedges, chips or a nice crusty bread to mop up the sauce.

Traditionally you should have a few Olives on the side but not the end of the world.