By Scott Kirk
Portugal – October 16, 2023
Dear Food Enthusiasts and Travelers,
Portugal, a country steeped in history, culture, and stunning landscapes, is equally renowned for its diverse and delectable cuisine. As you prepare for your journey to this gastronomic paradise, let the passionate members of the Moving to Portugal Facebook group guide you through the must-try dishes.
Arroz de Pato (Duck Rice) – Susan Cameron’s Delight Susan Cameron has tantalized our taste buds with her recommendation of Arroz de Pato, a delectable duck rice dish that encapsulates the essence of Portuguese comfort food. Succulent duck paired with perfectly cooked rice creates a symphony of flavors that promises to be a memorable culinary experience.
Francesinha Sandwich – Frank Sousa’s Porto Gem Frank Sousa takes us on a journey to Porto, urging us to try the Francesinha sandwich. This hearty creation is a testament to Porto’s culinary richness. Picture thick slices of bread embracing a medley of pork, sausage, and steak, generously smothered in cheese and gravy, and crowned with a poached egg. It’s a taste of Porto’s soul.
Sardines, the Ocean’s Treasure – Marty Hauser’s Recommendation Marty Hauser introduces us to the culinary delights of the sea with sardines, a Portuguese coastal specialty. These aren’t your typical canned sardines; Portugal’s fresh, grilled sardines are a revelation, offering a delightful taste of the ocean.
Cozido à Portuguesa (Portuguese Stew) – Ruy Carinhas Raimundo’s Addition Ruy Carinhas Raimundo adds a touch of tradition with Cozido à Portuguesa, a hearty Portuguese stew that reflects the country’s rich culinary heritage. This comforting dish combines a variety of meats, sausages, and vegetables, slow-cooked to perfection, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.
Bacalhau, Portugal’s Culinary Ambassador – Tony Rafeiro’s Suggestion Tony Rafeiro highlights Bacalhau a’ Bra’s, showcasing Portugal’s love affair with salted cod. This versatile fish is prepared in myriad ways, making it a staple in Portuguese cuisine. From creamy Bacalhau com Natas to flavorful Bacalhau à Brás, there’s a Bacalhau dish to suit every palate.
Cataplana, a Seafood Lover’s Delight – Sonja Ljesevic’s Favorite Sonja Ljesevic brings us the essence of Algarve’s coastal cuisine with Cataplana, a seafood medley cooked to perfection. This flavorful dish, cooked in a special clam-shaped pot, captures the essence of the ocean, making it a must-try for seafood enthusiasts.
Exploring the Culinary Tapestry of Portugal From Lisbon’s vibrant fish markets to Porto’s cozy taverns, Portugal’s culinary scene is as diverse as its landscapes. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor Grilled Ribs and Porco Alentejana, a delectable combination of pork and seafood, recommended by Karen Hemmingson. For those seeking adventure, Kamila Badurova suggests trying Chanfana, a hearty goat stew that embodies the rustic flavors of Portuguese cuisine.
If you find yourself in a local eatery, take Francie Todd’s advice and delve into traditional Portuguese stews and simmered dishes like Ossos and Estufado. These recipes, passed down through generations, offer a taste of authentic home-cooked meals.
Sweet Endings: Indulge in Portuguese Desserts No culinary journey is complete without a taste of Portugal’s heavenly desserts. Treat your sweet tooth to Pastéis de Nata, Portugal’s iconic custard tarts, and be sure to indulge in Almond Tart (Tarte de Almêndoa) and Meringue Pudding (Molotof), as recommended by Laura Chan. These delightful treats are the perfect finale to your Portuguese feast.
As you venture through Portugal, let your taste buds be your guide. Whether you’re savoring freshly grilled fish by the sea or relishing the warmth of a hearty stew, each dish tells a story, offering a glimpse into the heart and soul of Portuguese culture. So, fellow travelers, prepare your palates for a culinary adventure like no other. Bom apetite!