Portuguese Festa Food | Mini Prego/Steak Sliders

Mini Prego/Steak Sandwich Sliders

Time to Festa everyone! The months of June through September is “Festa” season throughout Portugal and in Portuguese communities around the world. Since most festas have been canceled this year in the USA due to the Corona Virus, I’ve brought the classic recipes for you to enjoy in your own backyard festa! I’ve started my series of “Festa Foods” posts with my Mini Prego Sliders. I’ve made these smaller sandwiches using mini Papo Seco rolls. Sauted onions add a savory bite and the shoe string fries are a total game changer on the traditional plain sandwich. No Portuguese festa is complete without some Portuguese beer of course. Happy Summer and Happy Festa Everyone!

Ingredients for 1 dozen sliders:

1 dozen mini papo seco rolls (cut larger rolls in half if you don’t have the mini)

12 (4-6)oz sirloin strip steaks cut to 1/2 inch thick

2 large onions (sliced)

1 pound shoe string fries (frozen or fresh) (this is optional)

1 to 2 tablespoons my spice mix (found at this link: https://tiamariasblog.com/portuguese-dry-rub/ )

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon white vinegar or white wine


Bring steaks to room temperature before cooking. Season with spice mix.

Cook unions in a large skillet in a few tablespoons of olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add salt and vinegar and cook until tender but not overcooked. Leave in skillet and set aside on low heat.

Meanwhile cook fries and keep warm.

When both onions and fries are cooked prepare steaks.

Heat a few tablespoons of oil in large heavy skillet to very hot. Cook 6 steaks at time 2 to 3 minutes on each side depending on your taste of doneness. If you like a rare steak cook less. You may need to add a few more tablespoons of oil in the second batch of steaks.

When steaks are cooked add cooked onions to pan.

Assemble sliders with steak, then onions and fries on top.


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