Nestled between Spain and Morocco, Portugal sits relatively obscure from all the attention and glam of the European countries. But away from all the limelight, Portugal might just be the best kept culinary secret in all of Europe!
The roots of Portuguese food lies in a traditional repertoire of different ingredients and spices, hearty stews, vegetable casseroles, beautifully charred meat, fresh seafood, combination of rice and bread and the usual accompaniments of potatoes and salad. The prominent dash of varied flavors and unique culinary menu in Portuguese food can be credited to the trade routes and colonial history of the country in the past. Although Portuguese food doesn’t share the same attention as the other European cuisines, Portuguese cuisine is simply sensuous and beautiful!
Let’s get eating already!
Cozido a Portuguesa
Dressed in a bed of pork chunks, tender beef or succulent chicken and tons of vegetables; this traditional Portuguese stew is slow cooked to perfection!
The Cozido is what Choucroute is to the French – pure, simple and comforting. One of the most popular and widely eaten dishes in Portugal, the secret of this dish lies in its simplicity and easy to make recipe.
Fun fact: Bacalhau is one of the most loved Portuguese recipes. So much so, that there are more than 365 different ways to make Bacalhau! Essentially, one unique recipe per day!
True Story: We absolutely love the Bacalhau for its unique flavor and texture! This classic Portuguese dish generally comes loaded with scrambled or beaten eggs, toppings like parsley and black olives and the star of the dish – the dried and salted codfish itself! Did we mention, it’s also the national dish of Portugal? Chomp on!
Francesinha is one of the most unusual dishes from Portugal. So much so, that Francesinha means little French women or little Frenchie in Portuguese!
We were definitely puzzled with the name, but the dish bowled us over! The Francesinha comes layered with ham, cheese, sausages, steak, and a fried egg (if you’re in the mood!). This signature dish of Porto even comes with a secret spicy tomato based sauce!
One of our favorite traditional soups is undoubtedly the Portuguese highlight – Caldo Verde.
An amalgamation of vegetables and meat, this soup is a delight to the soul! The mashed and thickened potatoes give the creamy and rich character to the soup between the delicious flavor of collard greens, linguiça (smoked Portuguese sausage) and olive oil. You can thank us later!
Pastéis de Nata
If you ever wanted to experience dessert heaven, you’re in the right place! Presenting to you, Pastéis de nata.
A sweet custardy egg treat that is made using layers of pastry and dollops of custard! Just the right amount of sweet, perfectly flaky and creamy; these delicious little cakes are indeed pure indulgence!
Portuguese cuisine is indeed a true foodie’s calling!
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