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    I did a search on the forum and found 7 pages of people talking about prego sandwiches but no recipe.
    I also searched the internet for recipes but does not come close to the real thing.

    Can you please help with an authentic Portuguese recipe for Prego sauce/rolls?

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    We all love a good prego now and again and I know that a good prego sauce is more about the process as opposed to just the ingredients. I normally buy a prego sauce and with a bit of red wine or Madeira sherry sherry, mix it as a marinade for the meat and let it marinade away for a couple of hours until it thickens and the steak has plumped up a bit. You will find that a simple marinade made of braai spice and red wine will thicken to almost a gravy when used as a marinade with meat and left for a couple of hours.

    Any way, this got me thinking so I did a quick search and I found this:

    This is classic South African dish that has its roots in Portugal. It gets its’ name from the Portuguese word for nail (Prego), because we literally hammer the garlic into the steaks.

    6 x 1/2 inch thick fillet steaks
    4 bay leaves
    6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
    ˝ bottle white wine
    6 whole peppercorns
    2 TBS peri-peri /sambal chili paste
    1 tspn cumin
    Coarse salt
    ˝ stick/ 4 TBS butter (can substitute with ˝ cup olive oil)
    6 Portuguese bread rolls

    Place the steaks on a board and top with the chopped garlic cloves. Cover with some plastic wrap and hammer them with a mallet until they are about a ˝ inch thick. Season with coarse salt.In a bowl combine the white wine, bay leaves, peppercorns, peri-peri and cumin. Whisk together to combine. Add the steaks and marinade steaks for a few hours or overnight.
    Remove the steaks from the refrigerator 2 hours before cooking to bring them to room temp.
    Heat a grill pan on high heat. Add ˝ a stick of butter. Remove steaks from the marinade and pat them dry. Cook for 2-3 minutes a side depending on desired level of doneness. Set aside to rest
    Add the remaining marinade to the grill pan and reduce by half so it forms a thick sauce. Add the steak back to the pan.
    Dip one half of the roll in the sauce. Top with a steak and the bun and slice the sandwich in half.

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    PS: I would use red wine and not as much to get a thicker sauce.
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    PPS: And maybe a dash of cream to thicken it up a bit more

    And some chopped chillies
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    Default Re: Prego Sauce Recipe

    Could you gents not sleep?. Maybe you were hungry?.
    All this talk about food is keeping me awake - it is just not on!
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    When you have that urge for a good prego.....
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    Default Re: Prego Sauce Recipe

    Thanks Estee

    Will definitely give it a try over the weekend.

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    Default Re: Prego Sauce Recipe

    So the problem with many hot sauces are that they simply have way too much stuff in them and the essence of the chilli and meat are lost.

    So if you want to make your own sauce, here is my recipe;

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    So these are the rough proportions before roasting. The chillie's are Red Savina Habanero so the sauce has a bit of kick ass. This sauce is hot. To make it milder substitute by the same volume the chillie and strength of you choice. Drizzle with Olive Oil, good salt and some cracked black pepper.

    Roast until pepper are soft and cooked then remove and allow to cool. Remove the skins and core from the peppers, squeeze out all the garlic and place the contents with the chillie's into a blender. Add any juices if there are in the pan. Blend into a smooth paste, add little amounts of boiled water at a time until you get your desired consistency.

    You know have a tasty home made chillie sauce.

    At this point you can chose to add a 1/2 tsp of thyme and slowly start blending in lemon juice until you pallet enjoys. You now have more of a Peri Peri sauce.

    For Prego's, this from Mimi Jardim's "Cooking the Portuguese Way".

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    Add some of your home made sauce to the above.

    I prefer to add sliced Serrano Chillie's in place of the sauce, and to fry these off in the sauce. I like the cleaner fresher taste of the chillie with the rest.

    Have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Leigh View Post
    So the problem with many hot sauces are that they simply have way too much stuff in them and the essence of the chilli and meat are lost.

    So if you want to make your own sauce, here is my recipe;

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Chillie Bake.jpg 
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ID:	538858

    So these are the rough proportions before roasting. The chillie's are Red Savina Habanero so the sauce has a bit of kick ass. This sauce is hot. To make it milder substitute by the same volume the chillie and strength of you choice. Drizzle with Olive Oil, good salt and some cracked black pepper.

    Roast until pepper are soft and cooked then remove and allow to cool. Remove the skins and core from the peppers, squeeze out all the garlic and place the contents with the chillie's into a blender. Add any juices if there are in the pan. Blend into a smooth paste, add little amounts of boiled water at a time until you get your desired consistency.

    You know have a tasty home made chillie sauce.

    At this point you can chose to add a 1/2 tsp of thyme and slowly start blending in lemon juice until you pallet enjoys. You now have more of a Peri Peri sauce.

    For Prego's, this from Mimi Jardim's "Cooking the Portuguese Way".

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Add some of your home made sauce to the above.

    I prefer to add sliced Serrano Chillie's in place of the sauce, and to fry these off in the sauce. I like the cleaner fresher taste of the chillie with the rest.

    Have fun.
    Now thats what I am talkin about, thanks Andrew, I am definitely going to give that a bash
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    Default Re: Prego Sauce Recipe

    Thanks Andrew

    That looks good.
    I love Habanero chillies and have to give that a try.

    Like they say - less is more.
    Even on a braai sometimes just plain salt and pepper is better that all these spices.

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