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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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Taste Portugal | 101 easy Portuguese recipes (Volume 1)

By Maria Dias

Maria Dias and Lisa Dias
Paperback (180 pages)

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 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.

Traditional Portuguese Recipes from Provincetown

By Mary Alice Luiz Cook

Brand: Shank Painter Publishing
Released: 1983-12-01
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Born in Alhao, Portugal, in 1914, Mary Alice Luiz Cook came to Provincetown with her family to join her fisherman father in 1915. In this delightful book, she shares more than 70 of her family recipes. The book also includes a personal memoir of her early years in Provincetown, and is illustrated with many historic photos, never before published, by George Elmer Browne, a painter living in Provincetown in the first half of the 20th century.

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

By Nuno Mendes

Ten Speed Press
Released: 2018-04-24
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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.

The Portuguese Cookbook: Delicious Portuguese-Inspired Mediterranean Recipes, For Snacks, Dinners, Drinks, and Desserts!

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When you think of the Mediterranean, Spain and Italy may pop into your mind more readily than Portugal—but we’re here to change that! Although Spain and Italy are food-lovers’ paradises, we’re here to prove that Portugal absolutely is too! Come with us on a Portuguese journey of flavours, as we introduce you to the cuisine of this awesome country.


 
 
 

 
 
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