Portuguese food is very delicious and you can find a tremendous variety.
BacalhauPortuguese eat a lot of fish and one of the most traditional dishes is the “bacalhau” (salted and dried cod fish). They actually say that there are 365 ways to cook bacalhau - a new recipe for every day of the year!
The most popular bacalhau dishes are:
- "Bacalhau com Natas" which translates to "Cod with cream"
- "Bacalhau à Brás" which translates to "Cod à la Brás," a dish prepared with scramble eggs, potatoes and shredded cod.
Don't forget to ask for Bolinhos de Bacalhau, they are amazing!
Sardinhas Assadas "grilled sardines"
Sardines for grilling need to be absolutely fresh, medium size and pre-salted for at least 30 minutes.
You can also have them with potatos.
Cozido de grãoChickpeas stew is also delicious. The word "cozido" really doesn't have a correct translation, because it is not quite a real stew.
In Portuguese cuisine you often find dishes named "cozido", because everything in that dish is boiled rather than braised or stewed.
This is an excellent dish from the Serra de Monchique, Algarve.
Leitão da Bairrada
It is a regional dish and very appreciated by the region of Bairrada and there are years and years of tradition, between Coimbra e Anadia.
Cozido à Portuguesa
Feijoada, is Portugal’s version of Chili. It originated around the 14th century in the Northern region of Portugal. During that time meat was scarce, so the poor peasants began using every part of the pig as a staple in their diets along with beans and cabbage which were easily available.
To prepare it, a stew of beans of Trás-os-Montes, is prepared with white beans and cabbage cut into strips. Usually, it was cooked at the earliest hours of the day, to be re-heated for lunch, and, therefore, getting even more tasteful.
You may not be aware of this, but the Portuguese are excellent bakers and pastry makers, each famed for their traditional local pastries. I will give you a couple of deserts from Portugal.
Baked Custard Tarts
Pudim de leite
, very cheap and it tastes delicious!