There is a very particular and delicious way to prepare steaks in Peru. Try the "Bistec a lo Pobre" and you will understand what we are talking about.
- 4 sirloin steaks cut to 1/2 inch thickness
- 4 cloves garlic, mashed
- salt, pepper, cumin and smoked paprika to taste
- 2 large onions, sliced thinly
- 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1 packet Sazon seasoning (optional)
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 4 extra large eggs
The first step is to rub the steaks with the garlic. Season with the salt, pepper, cumin and smoked paprika. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a large skillet or frying pan. Add the onions and potatoes and sprinkle with salt, pepper and the Sazon, if using. What's more, saute the onions and potatoes over medium to medium-high heat, until very tender, about 10 minutes. I find it helpful to cover the pan for the first several minutes and finish it uncovered. Remember to remove to a serving platter and keep warm.
And in the same pan, sear the steaks on each side and cook them until they are done to your liking. Add a little more oil if you need to. Set them aside with the potatoes and onions. Continue to keep warm.
The eggs must be fried, sunny side up, in a nonstick pan. Leave the yolks soft and runny. Lay one egg on top of each steak. Finally, serve all together.