This traditional Brazilian recipe is fairly easy and quick to make and everyone has it's own version.This recipe has some great flavors from rosemary, cognac (or brandy), brown sugar, and fresh mushrooms. The use of good quality, tender steak is important; since the meat is seared and then cooked for just a few minutes into sauce.
- Serves 6
- 1.5 pounds tender steak, any visible fat trimmed, cut into small cubes
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 medium onion, finelly chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup brandy or cognac, equally divided into 2 1/4 cup portions
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon good quality beef base
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 cup water
- 6 oz white mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 can of Media Crema (table cream)
Adapted from cynthiapresser.com
In a large sauce pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on high heat. Sear the meat for about one minute. Add the onions and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the ¼ cup cognac and stir until it evaporates. Turn the heat down to medium and add the tomato paste, beef base, brown sugar, ketchup, and water. Cook about 8 to10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, heat the remaining olive oil in a medium skillet set over hight heat, until smoking. Add mushrooms and rosemary and cook about 2 minutes, stirring ocasionally. Add the remaining ¼ cup cognac. Be careful, since it might flame. Cook for another minute, stirring to deglaze pan.
Add the mushrooms to the steak sauce and fold in the Media Crema. Serve the dish immediately with a side of white rice.