Friday, June 17, 2011

Anna Sultana's Laham fuq il-fwar - Steamed Beef with Garlic, Maltese Style

Don't panic at the title.
And don't get snarky about the second word.
Fuq is Maltese for steamed.
It's just Steamed Beef with Garlic.
Don't panic at the 'Steamed' Beef.
It'll work.

If Dad's the type of guy who gags at the cost of high end roast, 
this will make him smile.
This is a recipe for beef rump, an economical cut.
But it won't be tough.
And it's easy to make.
Trust me.
Better yet, trust Ma.

Garlic plays a big part in meat dishes in Malta.
While garlic sometimes causes social problems, it's very heart healthy.
And that's a really good thing.
If everyone is eating garlic, no one notices the garlic breath.
So there.

Happy Father's Day! 

Instead of a casserole, a greased Pyrex pie plate would work, too.
Just remember to cover it.

                        La─žam fuq il-fwar

Place a greased casserole inside a dutch oven
Add to the dutch oven
3 inches of water

In the greased casserole layer
8 slices of rump 
2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
6 ounces of bacon, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons lard
Cover the casserole and steam over hot water 1 1/2 hours.

This recipe will create a sauce, which can be served with spaghetti or any other favourite pasta.

Rice is nice, too.

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