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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
Paperback (256 pages)

Portuguese Homestyle Cooking
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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.

Recipes from my Portuguese Kitchen: 65 authentic recipes from Portugal, shown in over 260 photographs

By Miguel de Castro e Silva

Brand: Lorenz Books
Hardcover (128 pages)

Recipes from my Portuguese Kitchen: 65 authentic recipes from Portugal, shown in over 260 photographs
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Explore the rich, varied and historic cuisine of Portugal in this sumptuous book, with appetizing recipes from a world-renowned Portuguese chef and restaurateur. Includes a fascinating introduction about the culture and regions of Portugal, and information about ingredients and special techniques.With tempting recipes ranging from chestnut and white bean soup to salted bacalhau with potato, and illustrated with over 260 inspirational photographs, this is the perfect way to discover a remarkable culinary heritage.

Helena's Portuguese Kitchen: 80 Simple & Sunny Recipes

By Helena Loureiro

Juniper Publishing
Released: 2016-04-05
Hardcover (216 pages)

Helena s Portuguese Kitchen: 80 Simple & Sunny Recipes
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The top Montreal Portuguese chef Helena Loureiro invites you to share her fascination with the flavours of her native land and explore its delicacies.

Let her guide your discovery of fish- and seafood-based specialties and of dishes spotlighting fire-grilled or slow-simmered meats and poultry. Indulge your cravings: enjoy a black cod gravlax, a grilled potato or marinated sardine salad, shrimp in port wine sauce, chorizo clams, the signature cornbread-crusted cod or the classic Braz-style chicken.  You’ll be delighted with the simplicity of these recipes that use only minimally processed ingredients. Take off on a gastronomic journey through 80 recipes, feasting on the very best that Portuguese cuisine has to offer.

 

Taste Portugal | 101 easy Portuguese recipes (Volume 1)

By Maria Dias

Maria Dias and Lisa Dias
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Taste Portugal | 101 easy Portuguese recipes (Volume 1)
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Taste Portugal, 101 easy Portuguese recipes from Tia Maria's Portuguese Food Blog by Food Blogger Maria Dias and her daughter Lisa Dias will bring you a taste of classic Portuguese cuisine into your home. The recipes contained in this cook book are easy for the everyday home cook to prepare, they’re made with simple ingredients, and they require basic equipment that most home cooks have in their kitchen. Portuguese cuisine is a simple and healthy Mediterranean style diet which consists of fresh fish and seafood, fresh meats, fruits and vegetables, cheese, wine, olive oil, and egg rich desserts. In Portuguese culture, food has always been a central part of hosting social gatherings creating a welcoming atmosphere which makes even a stranger feel like family. These recipes will let you create your own special moments and fond memories with your family and friends. What began for Maria and Lisa as a challenging labor of love by simply sharing recipes on Tia Maria's Blog, has now transformed into a commitment of preserving the rich Portuguese food culture, promoting the nation’s cuisine, and inspiring people to learn how to cook these recipes so they can pass them on to the next generation. Come along, and learn how to cook 101 easy Portuguese recipes and taste Portugal!

The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe's Western Coast

By David Leite

Clarkson Potter
Released: 2009-08-18
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The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe s Western Coast
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James Beard Award-winning writer, David Leite takes you on a culinary journey into the soul of Portugal.

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Spain, Portugal is today’s hot-spot vacation destination, and world travelers are enthralled by the unique yet familiar cuisine of this country. The New Portuguese Table looks at this fascinating country's 11 surprisingly different historical regions, as well as the island of Madeira and the Azores, and their food culture, traditional dishes, and wines. This book also showcases Portugal's pantry of go-to ingredients, such as smoked sausages, peppers, cilantro, seafood, olive oil, garlic, beans, tomatoes, and bay leaves—all common in American kitchens and now combined in innovative ways.

In The New Portuguese Table, David Leite provides a contemporary look at the flavorful food of this gastronomic region, sharing both the beloved classics he remembers from cooking at his grandmother’s side, such as Slowly Simmered White Beans and Sausage, as well as modern dishes defining the country today, like Olive Oil–Poached Fresh Cod with Roasted Tomato Sauce. With full-color photographs throughout and a contemporary perspective, The New Portuguese Table is the definitive handbook of the exciting cuisine of Portugal.

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

By Daniel Humphreys

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

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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.

Try some of these intriguing recipes today!


 
 
 

 
 
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