Steak with Melted Mozzarella
Fresh water buffalo cheese melted over filet mignon is a classic dish of Soure, Brazil; mozzarella is a perfect substitute. This recipe first appeared in our June/July 2012 issue along with Neide Rigo's story Passage to the Amazon. Get the recipe for Steak with Melted Mozzarella ». James Oseland
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Fresh water buffalo cheese melted over filet mignon is a classic dish of Soure, Brazil; mozzarella is a perfect substitute. This recipe first appeared in our June/July 2012 issue along with Neide Rigo’s story Passage to the Amazon.

Filé Marajoara (Steak with Melted Mozzarella) Filé Marajoara (Steak with Melted Mozzarella)
Fresh water buffalo cheese melted over filet mignon is a classic dish of Soure, Brazil; mozzarella is a perfect substitute.
Yield: serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 (8-oz.) filet mignon steaks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cups olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. minced cilantro
  • 7 cloves garlic
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced, rinsed, dried
  • 1 (8-oz.) ball fresh mozzarella, cut into 4 slices

Instructions

  1. Season steaks with salt and pepper, and rub with oil, cilantro, and garlic; let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, pour oil to a depth of 2″ in a 6-qt. Dutch oven; heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375°. Working in batches, fry potatoes until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels; season with salt.
  2. Heat a 12″ skillet over high heat. Add steaks; cook until browned on bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip steaks; place 1 piece mozzarella over each steak, and cover skillet. Cook until cheese is melted and steaks are cooked to medium-rare, about 3 minutes. Serve with fried potatoes.

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