Filé à Osvaldo Aranha, Brazilian-style filet mignon

File a Osvaldo Aranha is a garlic-based brazilian steak dish named after the Brazilian politician Osvaldo Aranha, part of the cuisine from Rio de Janeiro. The dish is usually served in fine restaurants, steakhouses, and some bars. File a Osvaldo Aranha is made using high quality beef, fried garlic, and three different kinds of side dishes. Back in the olden times, a serving of File a Osvaldo Aranha was good for one person but in this health conscious generation, a serving can feed at least two people. The dish is very famous among local people because it is a complete meal itself- full of carbs, protein, and a variety of other nutritious ingredients. Here is how you make your own File a Osvaldo Aranha from your own kitchen...

Making this Carioca Steak...

* 2 filet mignon steaks, 1 inch thick, 225 grm each 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
* 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
* salt and pepper
* Farofa
* 1 small onion, chopped
* 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1 tsp. Italian parsley, chopped
* 1 tsp. green onion, chopped
* 1/2 cup (125 ml) manioc flour (farinha)
* Homemade chipped potatoes
* 1 large potato, peeled and sliced
* vegetable oil for frying
* salt to taste

Plain white rice


1. Farofa: In a large pan, melt butter, add chopped onions and beaten egg. Break the eggs in small pieces and add manioc flour. Cook until flour starts to toast. Remove from heat, add salt and pepper. Garnish with parley and green onion.

2. Deep fry the potatoes. Fry until golden. Drain the fried potatoes on paper towels.

3. Steak: In a large pan, melt 1 tbsp of butter. Rub salt and pepper into the steak pieces and grill in the frying pan for around 3-4 mins per side. In another pan, melt 1 tbsp of butter and fry the garlic slices until they are golden and crispy.

To serve, prepare two plates, place one piece of steak into each plate. Cover each steak with fried garlic and some butter drippings. Put in desired amount of farofa, fried potatoes and rice.

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