It’s nearly barbecue time and what better way to kick-start the season than with an easy recipe for Brazilian beef with sweet potato wedges; this recipe takes full advantage of the easy marinade sauce, and the salad offers up a tasty blend of tomatoes, herbs and spices. The beef is marinated in the sauce for a few hours before being cooked, either over coals or in a heavy-based griddle pan. The succulent steaks are then served with crispy sweet potato wedges and a side salad for a truly delicious 'al fresco' family meal.
This recipe is super easy to prepare, and you can choose any beef steak according to your personal preference, although I have suggested a thick pavé de boeuf, rib-eye or a nice juicy rump steak. Just pop the steak into the marinade overnight or a few hours before you intend to cook it, to let the flavours permeate the meat. You can also pre-prepare the sweet potato wedges too, no need to peel the potatoes, just cut them into chunky wedges, pop them in a bag with a tablespoon of oil and seasoning, and set them to one side until cooking.
The sweet, spicy and tangy flavours of the sauce make for a brilliant dip once the beef and potatoes are served too. A crisp seasonal salad goes wonderfully with this meal, and for an extra Brazilian flavour, you can add lime juice to the salad dressing.