11 Reviews

I can't vouch for the authenticity, but this is very tasty. I used port rather than white wine. I think I would try it again without the bacon, with slightly more olive oil. I think this technique could also work with chunks of stew meat.

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realbirdlady December 12, 2009

This was a good roast. It was not Alcatra. I served this to my very Portuguese boyfried that is strait from the Acores last night and of course he teased me about this being a good roast, but definetly not the traditional Alcatra. Maybe you should re-title the name of the recipe to exclude Alcatra. However, I would make it again using a roast because the flavors of the sauce were very good.

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TrishaM November 26, 2007

My husband really enjoyed this, and I found that it had a rather addictive taste as well, though, be careful with the amount of tomato paste that you add. I just added a whole can of paste rather than just three tbs, and, the tomato rather overwhelmed most of the other flavours. However, the meat was really falling apart, and since I usually have a hard time getting my hubby to eat seconds of my beef roasts, it was nice to see him ask for more, twice. Try this, but keep an eye on the fat as well. There is a lot more in this recipe than absolutely needed. But, still, VERY tasty.

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I'm_Genia January 09, 2015

My ex wife is from the Azores and she use to make authentic Portuguese alcatra all of the time. I have to admit that it is one of my most favorite meals. I haven't had this version yet, but am looking forward to trying it. The authentic alcatra is made in a clay pot with lard lining the sides and there is no mention of tomato paste, so I might leave that out, but this recipe sounds good and I can't wait to try it. I still have my ex wife's recipe, if anyone can read Portuguese.

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offroaddad June 10, 2014

This was definitely tender and different. This got mixed reviews, my brother didn't like it, said it was a bit sourish, I thought it was good, and my mom loved it...lol. Thanks!

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Liara November 03, 2007

My family found this very appealing. Very easy to fix. Will share with other members of my family.

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LeeAnn B. October 09, 2007

Yes! This is delicious! Because there are only two dining, I used about 1 1/2 lb beef, and scaled the recipe to one third. I slow cooked the meat in a castiron pot on the stovetop yesterday, and actually had my doubts about the flavor. Today it's out of this world. I feel the time is needed for the flavors to meld. Will do this again. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe with us.

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mianbao May 14, 2006

Delightfully different from our usual 'plain Jane' type pot roast! We had a dinner guest who just flipped out over it, so I sent the leftovers home with him. He reported that it was still fabulous the second time around. I made this exactly according to directions. Next time, I plan to add the red pepper flakes as Bev suggested and cut the salt somewhat. It was just the tiniest bit too salty for us, but it was truly delicious! I always seem to have good luck with your recipes, Angie. Thanks for another winner!

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highcotton April 03, 2006

The best pot roast ever!!! My husband hates pot roast but loves this. I left out the cloves and added large white mushrooms before putting in the oven. I also just sent this recipe to my sister in MS. It's great!!

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Gwenny Girl April 01, 2006

This is an absolutely wonderful meal that my ML makes every Christmas. The meat is fall apart tender and the juice is to die for. I usually prefer to have mostly the juice with a nice portuguese bun. Absolutely to die for.

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Cricketcanada November 27, 2005
Alcatra ( Portuguese Pot Roast With Wine, Bacon & Garlic)