Portuguese side dishes for steak

Portuguese side dishes for steak

Before supermarkets, fridges and freezers, housewives in Portugal’s countryside made use of whatever they produced on their farms and chicken, rabbit, goat, and pork were used regularly. Housewives living in the cities visited their local market every day and prepared family meals with whatever was in season and reasonably priced.

Today in Portuguese society, meat and vegetables are, where possible, still bought daily. In the past, beef was used mainly as steaks which is still the case today. This month we’re sharing the recipes of 2 simple side dishes that will go well with a juicy piece of steak. They are quick and easy to prepare, and oh so delicious!

Couve Mineira (Miner’s Cabbage)

(SERVES 4)

Preparation time: 10 min.

Cooking time: 10 min.

Ingredients

500g kale, thoroughly washed and finely chopped

8 cups chicken (or vegetable) stock

1 medium-sized onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 ripe tomatoes, chopped

Method

1) Add the chopped kale and stock to a heavy-based pot, and bring to a boil (like in caldo verde .

2) Braise the onion, garlic and tomato in a separate pan.

3) When soft, remove the kale from the stock and add to the relish mixture. Mix well and serve.

The second recipe is perfect if you have some left-over rice from last night’s dinner.

Arroz de Feijão (Bean Rice)

(SERVES 4)

Preparation time: 10 min.

Cooking time: 10 min.

Ingredients

1 medium-sized onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 ripe tomatoes, chopped

1 tin black beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups rice, cooked

Method

1) Make the relish as per the instructions in the Couve Mineira recipe.

2) Add a tin of black beans (drained) to the relish and heat through.

3) Add mixture to cooked rice.

4) Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

Serve with your favourite steak cut, cooked to perfection, and a glass of ReedValley Shiraz.