Bife de panela (Sautéed Sliced Beef)

This is a very widespread homemade recipe in Brazil's centre-south region. Simple but very tasty, this recipe can be made from cheaper cuts of beef, which require a long cooking time. If desired you can add slices of sweet pepper, chopped parsley, a pinch of pepper or a little chilli. 
This dish is usually accompanied by white rice (basmati) and mashed potatoes.


  • • 600 g sliced beef
  • • 400 g red tomatoes, approximately
  • • 300 g onion, approximately
  • • 1 bay leaf
  • • 1 garlic clove
  • • salt
  • • 4 tablespoons corn oil

Preparation method

1. Peel garlic and onion and slice the onion into rings. 
2. Wash the tomatoes and slice them. 
3. Put 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan. 
4. Arrange a layer of the sliced onion in the bottom of the pan and season with salt. 
5. Make a layer of beef slices, a layer of sliced onion and a layer of sliced tomato. Season each layer with salt. 
6. Add the bay leaf and the garlic. 
7. Repeat layers until all ingredients have been used, finishing with a layer of tomatoes. 
8. Add a little oil. 
9. Cover the pan with a lid and cook over low heat for about 1 hour. The natural juices released by ingredients at the beginning of cooking will be almost absorbed.

Yield: 4 portions.
Posted on: 04 October 2012
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