Ten Traditional Dishes of Portugal – Part 2

Portuguese food is often the forgotten sister surrounded by the great nearby cuisines of France and Spain, but you better not ignore it because it will be your own loss. Traditional Portuguese food is far away from the fancy crepes and elegant sauces. Portuguese cuisine came from the rural lifestyle of local people, so it’s simple and delicious. All used ingredients are local, fresh and seasonal while the dishes are made with love and great temper. Here are some of the classic dishes that would come out of farmhouse kitchens all over Portugal.

Salted Cod

Salted cod is a highly popular ingredient in Portugal and one particular dish that uses it perfectly is called Bacalhau a Bras. It is typically comfort food. The cod is cooked together with onions, garlic, and straw potatoes in one pan until it turned into a deep yellow color. The eggs, that are added toward the end of the recipe, should be half cooked to offer a creamy and unctuous end result. Finally, everything is topped with a handful of parsley and some black olives. Bacalhau a Bras is called the best picture of Portugal because of its vibrant color and earthy flavors that perfectly reflect the temperamental and simple nation.   

Clams

If you are one of the seafood fans, then you will love another traditional Portuguese dish. Because of the geographical position and long Atlantic coastline, the traditional cuisine of Portugal includes different kinds of fishes, shrimps, octopus, and other seafood.

Clams are one of the top ingredients and Portuguese know more than hundred way to prepare them. Bulhao Pato is a bar-snack type dish that is perfectly accompanied by an ice-cold beer. This dish is very popular in beach barbecue bars as it’s very simple to prepare.  Put all clams in a big pan, add some garlic and olive oil, then generously season them with salt and pepper and finished with chopped coriander or parsley. Some recipes are a little fancier and use white wine and a variety of herbs, but the traditional Bulhao Pato is simple and way too delicious.

Pork Stew

Pork is one of the top ingredients in many Portuguese dishes. Historically, pork is the oldest ingredient and it comes from past days when families would slaughter a whole pig and then eat every part of it. As a result, different and unusual parts of pigs are still used in traditional and modern cuisine of Portugal. In this dish called Rojoes a Moda do Minho, juicy pieces of pork loin are slowly cooked with a bottle of red wine and plenty of garlic. Left to simmer until the meat is tender, the stew is a deep red color and crazy delicious.

Traditionally, this dish is served with boiled potatoes and sometimes the chef will add some roasted chestnuts to gain an unexpected flavor. Spending the warm evening with a great company while there is a steaming bowl of Rojoes a Moda do Minho in front of you and drinking red wine from the local winemakers is nothing but heaven.

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