Category: Recipe

Momma Braga’s Portuguese Beef Stew (Carne Guisada)

Beef stew (Carne Guisada) is a favorite in my household and one that I grew up with. Like with many recipes there are so many different ways of making it! Here is how my family makes this popular dish.

Carne Guisada

INGREDIENTS

  • Over a pound of chopped beef stew meat
  • 1 Onion
  • Half of a tomato
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • Half a cup of red wine
  • Half a cup of water
  • 5 to 7 potatoes
  • Portuguese buns

DIRECTIONS

  • Marinate your beef stew meat. I usually do this the night before to have the meat soak in the juices for more flavor.
    • Wash meat well.
    • Place meat in a bowl and add the following ingredients; salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, half a cup of wine and half a cup of water. Measurements for the ingredients are based on what you normally use in your meat marinating. Then mix well.
    • Leave the meat covered and in the fridge for the next day cooking.
  • The following day start by washing the onions, tomato and potatoes. Chop up the onions, tomato and potatoes. Everyone has a preferred style for potatoes in their stew, we like it diced. Set the potatoes aside as you will need them later.
  • Once the onions and tomato are cut, place them in a pot with some olive oil with a pinch of paprika. On low heat cook the onion and tomato until the onions are a golden color. Then add your meat with it’s sauce that you marinated with the day before.
  • Let it cook on medium and stir.
  • Once the meat is almost cooked, add your potatoes and a pinch of salt. This will add flavor to the potatoes you just added. If you feel that you need to add some more water then add another cup of water. Sometimes the meat soaks up a lot of the liquid as you are cooking.
  • Now cook until the potatoes are cooked and you are done. If a fork goes through the potatoes then that is my sign that they are done.
  • You can serve your beef stew in a bowl and if you like Portuguese buns, then provide some at the dinner table as they are great for dipping into the stew (my favorite part of the whole meal!).

And there you have it, Momma Braga’s beef stew! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

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Momma Braga’s Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna is a popular dish and one that originated in Italy. Even though I am not Italian and do not claim to be a lasagna expert, but I do enjoy making this dish for my family and friends to eat.

Since this is one of the dishes that my friends request when I host a dinner party, I decided to share Momma Braga’s lasagna recipe with all my readers and fans! Enjoy!

Lasagna

INGREDIENTS

  • Ground Chicken (or Ground Turkey or Ground Beef)
  • 1 Onion
  • Half of a tomato
  • Olive Oil
  • Lasagna Pasta
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • 4 Tablespoons of red wine

DIRECTIONS

  • Marinate your meat (which ever one you prefer to do. We love the ground chicken as it tastes much lighter) prior to cooking. I usually do this the night before to have the meat soak in the juices for more flavor.
    • Wash meat well.
    • Place meat in a bowl and add the following ingredients; salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, 4 teaspoons of red wine (the wine added is what sets this recipe apart from many). Measurements for the ingredients are based on what you normally use in your meat marinating.
    • Leave the meat covered and in the fridge for the next day cooking.
  • The following day you can start cutting up your onions and tomato.

  • Once the onions and tomato are cut, place them in a pan with some olive oil. On low heat cook the onion and tomato until the onions are a golden color. Then add your meat.
  • With ground meat you will need to keep breaking it apart and stirring it to ensure it gets cooked. Once the meat is cooked remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon to ensure that the olive oil is drained.
  • Place the ground meat in a bowl and mix some tomato sauce.
  • In another pot, fill it with water and add a drizzle of olive oil and the add your lasagna pasta. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water and fill it with cold water to cool down the pasta.
  • Then the layering begins. Start with some tomato sauce and spread to cover the bottom of the lasagna tray. Layer with lasagna pasta, tomato sauce, ground meat and mozzarella cheese. Continue layering until all ingredients are used, reserve 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese for the top of the lasagna. *Tip: Use cheese on the first layer and the layer before the very top.

  • Bake in preheated oven for approx. 45 minutes (or until the cheese is melted to your liking). Remove from oven, and let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

And there you have it, Momma Braga’s lasagna! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

Portuguese Braised Peas with Eggs and Chourico Recipe

A couple of weeks ago, I shared my very first recipe blog post and it was a hit! Thank you to everyone who enjoyed it and shared the recipe. Since it was such a hit, I decided to share another recipe and this time it is one from my mom.

Last weekend I went to visit my parents and my mom made me one of my favorite Portuguese dishes that I grew up with. It is called Ervilhas Guisadas which is Portuguese Braised Peas with Eggs and Chourico. This dish is well known in the Portuguese community and many people prepare it differently but the end result is always the same, delicious! Today I am sharing the recipe of how my mom prepares this classic Portuguese dish.

ERVILHAS GUISADAS

INGREDIENTS

  • Medium Chopped Onion
  • Medium Chopped Tomato
  • 1 Portuguese Chorizo, sliced
  • Olive Oil
  • Paprika
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 bag of frozen peas
  • Potatoes, cut into small pieces
  • 3 Eggs

DIRECTIONS

  • In a pot, drizzle olive oil to cover the base of the pot. Then add the chopped onion, chopped tomato, sliced chorizo, paprika and black pepper (paprika and black pepper measurements are based on what you normally use in a dish). Stir the ingredients in the pot.
  • Cook on medium heat and once onions are cooked, add about 3 cups of water (or to your liking).
  • Once the water comes to a boil, add frozen peas and potatoes. You can add your sea salt at this point.
  • In a separate bowl, crack the three eggs.
  • When the peas and potatoes are cooked, slowly add the eggs and start stirring.
  • Once the eggs are cooked, your meal is ready to be served.
  • Optional: I personally like eating this meal with a side of corn bread. It’s the Portuguese in me that just loves to have some bread to accompany the food.


Enjoy this meal and if you do make it, don’t forget to take some pictures and send them to me. You can tag your photos with #MommaBragaRecipe or you can email them to me at mommabraga@gmail.com.

Until next time…Happy Cooking!

– Momma Braga

Momma Braga’s Portuguese Style Rice Recipe

Being a daughter of Portuguese parents I have been exposed to the world of Portuguese cuisine and I am a fan of it. I truly enjoy Portuguese food and even though I am not a food expert there are a few things that I have learned to make such as the rice that is usually accompanied by many Portuguese dishes.

Rice is a favorite in my household and goes well with many of the foods that I make. It is always a favorite when I am hosting guests for dinner and when I shared a photo of the latest rice dish I made, I had a special request to share my recipe. I have never done a recipe before as I usually eye and taste my food as I am cooking it. That is a trait that I got from my mom as she has always eyed her ingredients.

So here is my first recipe blog post and hopefully your results will taste as yummy as mine do. However, do keep in mind to considerate your own normal measurements for ingredients as some people may like more salt for example then what I suggest.

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Portuguese Style Rice

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of parboiled rice, wash and drained (feeds up to 6 people)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or salt whichever you normally use)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 cube of knorr of chicken
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • Optional: tomatoes, red pepper or shrimp

Directions

  • First wash and drain the rice. Once washed and drained place the rice in a pot.
  • Add the following ingredients to the rice: finely chopped onion; 3 minced garlic cloves; 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt; 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper; 1 teaspoon of paprika; 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 cube of Knorr of chicken; 1 teaspoon of butter. Once all the ingredients are added, then you add the 3 cups of water. *Tip: If you only make two cups of rice then you would only use 2 cups of water. Always match the amount of rice and water.
  • Optional: Many people also add tomatoes, red pepper or shrimp into their rice and it adds that extra flavour. You can add all of them but I would recommend picking just one of those ingredients into your rice. For the tomatoes and red pepper, just finely chop them up before adding them to the pot.
  • Once all your ingredients are all in the pot, stir it.
  • Place on the oven and put the heat on medium.
  • As the rice is cooking, keep stirring to make sure that the rice does not stick to the bottom of the plate. Tip: Rice sticks fast and when the rice sticks to the bottom it smells and taste horrible. So it would be a waste of food. I have done this in my trial and error of cooking.
  • Once the water is almost all gone then the rice is done.
  • Remove the rice from the pot to a serving bowl and wait until it cools down a little before serving or just warn your guests of some hot rice.
  • If you want to add some kick to your rice you can squeeze lemon over the rice (my personal favourite) or you can add some Portugallo Sauces (you will learn more about this awesome product soon on Momma Braga). You can also add some olives on top for a little extra 😉

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There you have it, the very first Momma Braga recipe! It is very simple to make and tastes delicious!

Let me know if you tried it and how it turned out. Share your photos too as I would love to see it! If you enjoyed this type of post and would love to hear more recipes, comment below.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

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