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    Bifana (Portuguese pork cutlets)

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    24 hrs 10 mins

    24 hrs

    10 mins

    Lennie's Note:

    Posted on behalf of a request. Here in Toronto (which has a large Portuguese community), every Portuguese food store likely sells bifana; except for the bakeries, I've seen it frequently. It's very tasty -- I've never made it, but I've bought it on occasion and eaten it at my Portuguese girlfriend's home many times as well. Bifana is regarded more as a snack than a meal. This recipe is from "Uma Casa Portuguesa" (Portuguese Home Cooking) by Carla Azevedo.

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    Ingredients:

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Rinse the pork cutlets and then pat dry with paper towels.
    2. 2
      Place pork in a large heavy plastic bag (like a freezer ziploc bag) and place in a large bowl.
    3. 3
      In a mixing bowl, combine one cup of the wine, the vinegar, garlic, bay leaf, 1/2 tsp of the pimento paste, 1/4 tsp of the paprika, peppercorns, cloves and piri-piri sauce.
    4. 4
      Pour this over pork, make sure all meat is coated, and seal the bag.
    5. 5
      Refrigerate for several hours or overnight, turning bag over in bowl frequently.
    6. 6
      Bring meat to room temperature before cooking.
    7. 7
      To cook, remove pork from marinade and lightly pat pork dry with paper towels.
    8. 8
      Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and melt lard, then cook pork in batches in hot lard; if your pork is thin it will likely only take a minute per side, at the most.
    9. 9
      When all the pork has been sauteed, drain off the fat and add the remaining wine (1/4 cup), remaining pimento paste (1/4 tsp), remaining paprika (1/4 tsp) to the skillet, as well as salt and pepper to taste.
    10. 10
      Bring this to a boil, stirring the pan to get up any brown bits.
    11. 11
      Return all the pork to the skillet, reduce heat to low, and cook for about another minute.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 15, 2007

      55

      very tasty and very morish which fills even the biggest appetite

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    • on October 08, 2006

      55

      Excellent meal or snack. I use beer instead of the wine and I find it has a better taste. But both ways are good. Thanks.

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    Nutritional Facts for Bifana (Portuguese pork cutlets)

    Serving Size: 1 (169 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 214.1
     
    Calories from Fat 62
    29%
    Total Fat 6.9 g
    10%
    Saturated Fat 2.4 g
    12%
    Cholesterol 66.4 mg
    22%
    Sodium 211.5 mg
    8%
    Total Carbohydrate 1.7 g
    0%
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    0%
    Sugars 0.5 g
    2%
    Protein 25.5 g
    51%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    white wine vinegar

    piri-piri

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