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Portuguese Recipes


Portugal is a relatively isolated country in Europe, bordering only Spain. It is also a country with a long traditional of seafaring. The Portuguese cuisine reflects both of these aspects of the country, and is very different from that of other European countries.

Fish and seafood are both major and important parts of the Portuguese diet, but Portugal is also known for pork and salted cod. Additionally, Portuguese explorers and mariners brought back influences and spices from the New World, Africa, the Far East, and the East Indies, and these too form an important and exciting element of many Portuguese recipes.

Some popular Portuguese dishes include:
  • Fish and Shellfish - Thanks to Portugal's long maritime tradition, seafood is a popular and important element of the Portuguese diet. Seafood dishes include hake, horse mackerel (scad), lamprey, sardines (especially when grilled as sardinhas assadas), sea bass. Popular shellfish include crabs, lobster, octopus, scabbard. shrimp and squid.

  • Bacalhau - Bacalhau is salted cod - cod is usually eaten this way, because Portuguese traditional recipes date back to a time before the invention of refrigration. Theree are many different ways that bacalhau can be prepared - some people say that there is one recipe for every day of the year, but others claim 1,001.

  • Cozido á portuguesa - This is a traditional rich meat stew. The stew is made with meat (beef or pork most commonly, but sometimes chicken) as well as Portuguese smoked sausages, and a variety of vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, potatoes, rice and turnips.

    Cozido á portuguesa

  • Caldeira - This is stew made using a mixture of different types of fish (and sometimes shellfish). Potatoes, tomato and onion are also added, and the stew made be flavored with spices. There are different regional and personal preferences as to the choice of spices, but some common combinations include ground ginger and curry powder, or nutmeg and saffron, cloves, allspice with piri-pri.

  • Pastéis de nata - One of the most popular Portuguese desserts. Pastéis de nata are small creamy tarts.
Pastéis de nata

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Portuguese Homestyle Cooking

By Ana Patuleia Ortins

Brand: Interlink Publishing Group
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Everyone loves Mediterranean food. But few can say what makes the soul-comforting, understated peasant food of Portugal distinct from that of its neighbors. The abundant use of legumes and leafy greens in its hearty soups and stews? The unusual combinations of meat and shellfish? The wine and garlic marinated braises? The easy seafood preparations? Or, perhaps, the luscious, egg-sweet desserts, from light meringue puddings to rich, sweet breads?

Peppered with a lifetime of anecdotes from a passionate cook's years in a Portuguese culture, Portuguese Homestyle Cooking draws us into an immigrant kitchen where traditional culinary methods were handed down from father to daughter, shared and refined with the help of the family and friends who watched, chopped, and tasted. The recipes in Portuguese Homestyle Cooking are of dishes prepared as they were in Portugal-but with the measurements standardized and perfected and the commonly used ingredients and methods fully explained. Novices and experienced chefs alike will enjoy preparing these savory dishes.

My Lisbon: A Cookbook from Portugal's City of Light

By Nuno Mendes

Ten Speed Press
Released: 2018-04-24
Hardcover (372 pages)

My Lisbon: A Cookbook from Portugal s City of Light
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In this groundbreaking cookbook, Lisbon native and internationally renowned chef Nuno Mendes reveals the alluring food of one of the great undiscovered culinary centers of Europe.

Sharing recipes inspired by the dishes that he grew up eating, Mendes takes you to his beloved Lisbon, revealing the secrets for re-creating the city's most vibrant dishes. Via evocative essays and luminous photography, Mendes gives recipes for delicious bolas de Berlim (fluffy doughnuts often sold on the beach), sizzling squid with coriander, and roasted orange-rub pork belly with fennel. This is a heart-warming and intimate look at a city with a modern, bustling food scene that is nevertheless steeped in centuries-old traditions. Mendes's portraits of Lisbon's idiosyncrasies are threaded throughout the pages: impromptu sardine grills, endless snacking, and city-wide street carnivals. With gorgeous location photography, this book will bring to life Portugal's magnificent capital city and its fabulous cuisine.

Portuguese Cooking: The Authentic and Robust Cuisine of Portugal

By Carol Robertson

North Atlantic Books
Released: 1993-07-06
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Portuguese Cooking: The Authentic and Robust Cuisine of Portugal
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Carol Robertson shares her fascination with the country and its cuisine in lively journal entries and delightful drawings, while David Robertson's evocative photographs provide a look at the wonders of the Portuguese landscape and culture. The result is a personal travel book for lovers of good food. Portugal is blessed with a flavorful and complex cuisine that brings together influences from Europe, Africa, and the Muslim world. The simple-to-prepare dishes rely on pork and seafood of all kinds, as well as tomatoes, olives, kale, hot and sweet peppers, garlic, mint, and the silken magic of virgin olive oil. Treat yourself to a true taste of Portugal.

The Best of Portuguese Cooking Cookbook: Enjoy the Many Flavors of Portugal

By Martha Stephenson

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The Best of Portuguese Cooking Cookbook: Enjoy the Many Flavors of Portugal
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This Portuguese Cookbook will introduce you to the many flavors of Portuguese cuisine. Portuguese cooking is heavy influenced by the exotic spices the Portuguese use to trade, as well as the sea.

Fish and other seafood are an important part of Portuguese cooking, and this Cookbook has an abundance of wonderful and unique recipes. In addition to seafood, Chourico, a spicy sausage, is a standard in Portuguese cooking, adding an abundance of flavors to its dishes.

The Portuguese are also known for their sweet-tooth. This Portuguese Cookbook contains many rich, sweet desserts the whole family will love.

Portuguese cuisine is unique, rich and flavorful. The recipes in this cookbook are also easy to prepare. Treat your family to the exotic, rich dishes of Portugal.

Classic Recipes of Portugal: Traditional Food And Cooking In 25 Authentic Dishes

By Miguel de Castro e Silva

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Classic Recipes of Portugal: Traditional Food And Cooking In 25 Authentic Dishes
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Explore this rich, varied and historic cuisine with an essential recipe collection, beautifully photographed throughout.

Delectable Portuguese Recipes: Your Go-To Cookbook of Tasty Mediterranean Ideas!

By Daniel Humphreys

Released: 2018-06-22
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Portuguese cuisine is different from that found in many other parts of Europe and the Mediterranean, yet it is influenced by many countries in the region. Would you like to learn to cook authentic Portuguese recipes? This cookbook will help teach you how!

The roots of the foods made in Portugal lie in the native cooking and the ingredients that are obtained through the trade routes that were established hundreds of years ago. Seafood like cod, in addition to sausages, pastries, spices, rice and breads, are still the staple foods of lots of Portuguese meals.

Would you like to learn to integrate Portuguese tastes into your recipes at home?

If so, you’ve come to the right place.

This cookbook has all kinds of Portuguese ideas for you.

The cuisine of Portugal is usually hearty, and it relies on the freshest ingredients. From the northern mountains to the plains and hills in the south, the country offers a wonderful array of culinary delights.

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