I love this stuff - made as a heart stopper! My parents cook this and is a special treat on my birthday, as this is the only thing I ask for. A slight departure from the original Portguese dish of Bife à Portuguesa. But I love it all the same!


  • 8 beef steaks, tenderised (should be about 1cm thick)

  • 1 head of garlic

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 can of diced tomatoes

  • 1 kg Potatoes

  • Vegetable oil

  • 8-16 eggs

  • Stock/water

  • 1 bay leaf

  • Steamed Vegetables or salad for serving


  • 1.

    Marinate the beef in diced garlic, salt and pepper. Marinate for at least 2-3 hours.

  • 2.

    Prepare the potatoes for chipping. Peel and cut the potatoes into your preferred potato chip size (I like mine think and chunky...)

  • 3.

    Par boil the potatoes, then drain well. Place onto a tray and use some paper towel to dry well. Allow to dry on the tray. Allow to dry for at least 1 hour (it should have a floury look on the outside)

  • 4.

    Start preparing the sauce for the dish - pour the tinned tomatoes into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add a bay leaf and any other herbs you might like. Turn down to a simmer, and season.

  • 5.

    To prepare the meal, either deep fry the chips, or roast in the oven for crispness. Once chips are done, place in a warm place.

  • 6.

    Heat the pan to tempreture, add extra virgin olive oil (for flavour) and cook the marinated meat. It should sizzle in the pan! Pull out of the pan once cooked to desired (med-rare) and place aside to rest. Cook meat in batches

  • 7.

    After each batch, deglaze the pan with a little stock/water, and add this to the tomato mix. This should still be on a low simmer. Stir it in - garlic, burnt bits and all!!

  • 8.

    In another fry pan, heat oil (EVOO) to shimmering hot, and fry eggs. Should have a crisp base and still runny. Please try not to burst the egg yolk!

  • 9.

    To serve, place meat and eggs on the plate, with a serve of chips, vegetables or salad and some crusty bread! Ladle some of the sauce over the meat and dip away!

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 2941kj
  • Fat Total 199g
  • Saturated Fat 70g
  • Protein 214g
  • Carbohydrate 62g
  • Sugar 8g
  • Sodium 3894mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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* If the marinade is a bit dry for you, add a little olive oil. * Best potato types for chipping are the Sebago, but I have a tendaency to use whatever I have at home. * Adding the meat pan juices to the tomato sauce * Meat and egg quanities can be changed depending on how many people you have for dinner.

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Posted by MegglesReport
Thank you! I hope you enjoy it... I feel like I've left stuff out, so let me know if we can make it better!
Posted by MegglesReport
It's not too shabby!