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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.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs boneless pork cutlets, cut very thin
- 1 1⁄4 cups dry white wine, divided
- 1⁄4 cup white wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bay leaf, crumbled
- 3⁄4 teaspoon pimiento, paste divided (available in Portuguese food stores)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon spanish paprika, divided
- 1⁄4 teaspoon whole black peppercorn, crushed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon piri-piri, sauce (or Tabasco sauce, if necessary)
- 2 tablespoons lard
- Rinse the pork cutlets and then pat dry with paper towels.
- Place pork in a large heavy plastic bag (like a freezer ziploc bag) and place in a large bowl.
- 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.
- Pour this over pork, make sure all meat is coated, and seal the bag.
- Refrigerate for several hours or overnight, turning bag over in bowl frequently.
- Bring meat to room temperature before cooking.
- To cook, remove pork from marinade and lightly pat pork dry with paper towels.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bring this to a boil, stirring the pan to get up any brown bits.
- Return all the pork to the skillet, reduce heat to low, and cook for about another minute.