Portuguese Garlic Steak Sandwiches (prego No Pao)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

These steaks flavored with onions and red wine are called garlic "nailed" steaks because a small meat mallet is typically used to "nail" the garlic slices into the steak. If you like drama, go for it, but I usually just push the garlic in with my finger - it doesn't really stay in too well anyway. Regardless, this is an awesome way to enjoy your next steak sandwich. They're quick, satisfying and totally delicious.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Lay out steaks on a work surface and to be traditional,"nail" the garlic slices into the steak on both sides (about a clove per steak, more if you like).
  2. If this isn't your style, just push the garlic slices in with your finger.
  3. In about 1-1/2 tablespoons of butter, fry each steak for 3 to 4 minutes, turning once.
  4. Remove to a dish and reserve.
  5. To the skillet add the other 1-1/2 tablespoon butter and the sliced onion.
  6. Saute until onion is golden, then transfer onions to the same dish as the steaks and reserve.
  7. Pour the red wine into the skillet used to cook the steaks and onions; scrape up the browned bits and simmer over medium-high heat until liquid is reduced by about half (this doesn't take too long--).
  8. Return the steaks and onions to this skillet, season with salt and pepper, and cook another minute on both sides of steaks, until warmed through.
  9. Serve steaks and onions on warmed crusty sandwich rolls.


Most Helpful

It seems like a recipe my friend tried from Portuguese Homestyle Cooking.,

artsncrafts June 28, 2006

Turned out great..even my brother in law loved it and hes the traditional american steak guy from texas..but now he wants me to cook more portuguese foods!

CaliPortugeez February 28, 2006

Very good. I followed the instructions exactly. It was easy to put together and the meat was very flavorful, probably due to the wine.

Marie Nixon July 31, 2004

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