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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

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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!

Portuguese Cooking: The Authentic and Robust Cuisine of Portugal

By Carol Robertson

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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.

Helena's Portuguese Kitchen: 80 Simple & Sunny Recipes

By Helena Loureiro

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Released: 2016-04-05
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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.

 

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

By Martha Stephenson

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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.

Portuguese Food: Restaurant Quality Portuguese Recipes to Impress!

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Portuguese Food: Restaurant Quality Portuguese Recipes to Impress!
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Portuguese food is a very simple and healthy cuisine to make from the comfort of your own home. Food that is packed with a variety of different ingredients such as dairy, egg and vegetables, you can learn how to make authentic Portuguese food that will do nothing more than impress your friends and family.

Inside of this book you will not only learn for yourself how easy it is to make this food from scratch, but you will have access to over 25 restaurant quality Portuguese food recipes that will help you to do just that.

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