This “Molha de Carne” is one of those meals Nelson ate many times while living in the Azores. His mom typically made this on Sundays or during festivals. The stew is rich and full of flavour.
On the Islands, you can usually tell who’s cooking up one of these meals by the smell coming from inside the house…and we mean ‘smell’ in a good way!
This stew is very saucy so it lends itself well to being dunked with homemade bread. Traditionally, this meal is served with homemade sweet bread (folar or pão doce, soon to be posted on this blog) as seen in the shot.
This photo also includes a clay jug and bowl. The bowl is called “teladeira” and was used many years ago instead of a glass for drinking wine. Nelson’s dad still has one of these jugs and a few bowls that belonged to Nelson’s great grandfather from over 100 years ago.
This particular meal really hits home for Nelson and the aroma takes him back to his youth. We are so happy Nelson introduced us to this dish and this tradition. We all love it and hope you enjoy this as much as we do.
- 3.5 lbs sirloin tip roast cut into large pieces (about double or triple the size of regular stewing meat)
- 1 cup white wine
- 1 cup beer
- 1 small can of tomato paste (5.5 fl oz)
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 cup water
- 6 white potatoes chopped into large pieces
- Cut the beef into large chunks.
- In a large bowl add the white wine, beer, tomato paste, salt, paprika, allspice and whisk until well combined. Add the bay leaves and cinnamon stick.
- Add the meat to the bowl and mix well to cover all the meat pieces. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap or put place the entire contents into a ziplock. Store in the fridge for at least two hours or even over night.
- Place a large pot on the stove and add the meat contents to the pot. Add the onions and garlic and bring to a slow boil for 30 minutes covered.
- Remove the lid, add the water and cover again. Simmer for 2 hours.
- Uncover, add the potatoes, mix well, cover and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
- Do you smell that? Are people lined up outside your door? Now go enjoy this awesome meal!
You can also leave out the potatoes and serve this with simple butter rice.