Azores Beef Stew with Potatoes (Molha de Carne)
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This Portuguese beef stew (molha de carne) takes me back to my youth. It tastes so good and makes the house smell amazing. Be careful, you might not be able to get the neighbours to leave.
Recipe type: Main, Dinner
Cuisine: Portuguese / Azores
Serves: 6 servings
  • 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
  1. Cut the beef into large chunks.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove the lid, add the water and cover again. Simmer for 2 hours.
  6. Uncover, add the potatoes, mix well, cover and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Do you smell that? Are people lined up outside your door? Now go enjoy this awesome meal!
Prep time does not include marinading time which can be from 2 hours to overnight.

You can also leave out the potatoes and serve this with simple butter rice.
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