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Portugal's Top 13 Most Delicious Dishes

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September 25, 2017 / Portuguese / By
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After Spain’s most delicious dishes and Italy’s most delicious dishes, we decided it is time to explore another country’s cuisine in our Top 13 Most Delicious Dishes series and we thought Portugal will be perfect.

Portuguese people love their meats and seafood and most traditional dishes are hearty and made with fresh and delicious ingredients. In Portugal, most of the regions have signature dishes or variations of the national dishes that make the best out of the local ingredients. Foodies who visit Portugal will be pleased to discover a variety of seafood dishes, hearty stews, and amazing steaks but also yummy pastries.

Bitoque

Bitoque is a Portuguese beef steak with a fried egg on top usually served with a side salad, French fries and/or rice. The steak is quite thin and it is not grilled for too long. The result is a medium rare steak that goes amazingly well with red wine.

Bitoque is a common dish in Portugal and it can be enjoyed all over the country in restaurants or small eateries and it is also a family dish that is enjoyed by locals on a regular basis.

Extra tip: deep the fries into the running egg and enjoy the simplicity but also deliciousness of this simple steak dish.

Recipe to try at home: Portuguese House Steak – Bitoque from Photos and Food

Caldo Verdo

Caldo verde is a traditional Portuguese soup made with potatoes, kale, and onions. The soup is usually cooked with olive oil and garlic and it makes an amazing winter comfort food dish especially if it is served with linguica or chourico (Portuguese pork sausages) and cornbread.

In Portugal, the soup is served in restaurants before main meals but caldo verde can also be enjoyed as a late supper.

Recipe to try at home: Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup) from Olivia’s Cuisine

Polvo à Lagareiro

We mentioned at the beginning of this article that Portuguese cuisine includes numerous amazing seafood dishes so it is time to talk about the first seafood dish on our list – polvo à lagareiro. Polvo means octopus in Portuguese and polvo à lagareiro is a dish that includes a whole octopus usually served with a side of oven-made potatoes.

Most Portuguese seafood dishes are very simple, fresh grilled fish seasoned with rosemary and lemon is very popular in Portugal, but polvo à lagareiro requires a more complicated technique. In order to make polvo à lagareiro, the octopus is boiled first and then roasted in the oven with olive oil and garlic.

Recipe to try at home: Octopus à Lagareiro (Octopus with Potatoes in the Oven) from Food From Portugal

Feijoada

Meaty stews are the norm in Portugal, especially during cold winter days. One of the most common Portuguese stews you can try while visiting Portugal is feijoada – a beans stew with Portuguese pork or Portuguese beef. This dish is also popular in other countries of the world including Brazil where it is considered a national dish.

An authentic Portuguese feijoada contains various parts of the pig that are not so commonly used in modern kitchens because this stew goes back to a time when people couldn’t afford being picky with their food so all edible parts of a  pig were used in stews and other dishes. The traditional feijoada includes pig hock, pig ears, and even knuckles.  

Recipe to try at home: Portuguese Feijoada Recipe from Portuguese Recipes

Arroz de Tamboril

Cod is the most popular fish in Portugal, however, monkfish is also quite common on the Portuguese coast and the best Portuguese monkfish dish is arroz de tamboril.  Arroz de tamboril is a rice dish similar to risotto that is made with monkfish, garlic, and tomato stew.

Recipe to try at home: Arroz de Tamboril from The Girl Loves To Eat

Queijadas de Sintra

Queijadas de Sintra are the first sweet Portuguese treats on our list and the most popular Portuguese pastries. These pastries can be found at every pastry shop in Portugal and they are very easy to make at home if you do not have a trip to Portugal planned in the near future.

Queijadas de Sintra have a fluffy sweet crust on top, that is sometimes drizzled with cinnamon, and a rich cream filling that is similar to the classic custard but somehow different as well. The traditional queijadas de Sintra includes local cheese but you can make them at home without it if you follow the recipe we included below.

Recipe to try at home: Portuguese Custard Tarts from Not Quite Nigella

Bacalhau Gomes de Sá

Bacalhau or salted cod is very popular in Portugal and in former Portuguese colonies like Cape Verde, Goa, Macau, and Angola.

Portugal has numerous delicious bacalhau recipes but bacalhau Gomes de Sá is probably the most famous Portuguese bacalhau recipe. The recipe was invented by José Luís Gomes de Sá, a cod trader and foodie who removed the flour from the list of ingredients of another popular cod recipe - codfish cakes - and created a new recipe that has his name – bacalhau Gomes de Sá.

Recipe to try at home: Bacalhau Gomes de Sá from 196 Flavors

Açorda Alentejana

Açorda Alentejana is another traditional hearty Portuguese soup that is perfect during the cold months of the year. Açorda Alentejana originated in Alentejo and it is a soup that consists of bread soaked in broth, seasoned with cilantro and served with a poached egg on top. This soup is quite healthy compared to other winter Portuguese dishes, however, it is hearty and comforting at the same time.

The soup is rustic in appearance and it is great for any occasion or meal of the day and, if you really want to impress your guests with this unique Portuguese soup, you can incorporate cod or shrimps in it. If a visit to Portugal is not possible, we’re pretty sure your guests will love the flavorful açorda Alentejana.

Recipe to try at home: Açorda Alentejana from Easy Portuguese Recipes

Arroz Doce

Whether they are savory or sweet, Portuguese people love comfort foods. We already talked about some savory comfort foods so it is time to talk about a sweet comfort food. We don’t consider queijadas de Sintra to be sweet comfort food but rather an amazing dessert option so this is why we didn’t list it as comfort food. On the other hand, arroz doce or Portuguese rice pudding can be enjoyed both as a dessert or a sweet meal. In Portugal, arroz Doce is served during birthday parties or during Christmas meal but it is also an option for those days when you need a sweet cinnamon treat that also has lemon flavors.

Recipe to try at home: Arroz Doce (Portuguese rice pudding) from A Mummy Too

Francesinha

Invented in the 60s by Daniel de Silva, an immigrant from France who adapted France’s Croque Monsieur to fit Portuguese taste, Francesinha is Porto’s signature dish nowadays. Francesinha is basically a sandwich made with two slices of bread, Portuguese sausage, steak and ham, melted Edam cheese and a spicy beer and tomatoes sauce. Some variations of Francesinha use chorizo, different types of ham and different roasted meats other than the classic steak. It is believed that the sauce recipe is actually secret and the traditional Francesinha can only be enjoyed in Portugal, however, you can make a variation of this sandwich at home using a tomato based sauce and adjust its spiciness to fit your taste.

Recipe to try at home: Francesinha – Little Frenchie Portuguese Sandwich from Portuguese Dinner, Tia Maria’s Blog

Torta de Azeitão

Another egg-based dessert that is very popular in Portugal is torta de Azeitão, a cake with a spongey and soft texture that has sweet egg yolk spread on top and it is sprinkled with sugar and/or cinnamon. These sweet rolled cake treats can be found everywhere in Lisbon and other cities in Portugal.

The popularity of this torta de Azeitão rose to international fame in 1995 when Fabrica de Tortas Azeitonese created a secret torta de Azeitão recipe. If you visit Azeitão, you have to buy some torta de Azeitão made by them. And while you are there, you can also try other amazing desserts made by Fabrica de Tortas Azeitonese, such as queijinhos de Azeitão.

Recipe to try at home: Portuguese Orange Tart Recipe from Portuguese Recipes

Porco Preto

Porco preto or black pig is a domestic pig is found in some regions of Portugal and Spain. Porco preto is used in Portuguese cuisine to create delicious dishes. The meat of the black pig is more flavorful than the classic pork. If you want to eat the classic porco preto dishes head towards the South of Portugal and visit the local restaurants. You can try the Porco Preto com Molho de Alho (Portuguese Dark Pork Loin in Garlic) if you want to try a porco preto dish at home.

Recipe to try at home: Portuguese Dark Pork Loin in Garlic Sauce (Porco Preto com Molho de Alho) from Easy Portuguese Recipes

Arroz de Pato

Arroz de pato is another popular rice dish of Portugal. Arroz de pato is similar to arroz de tamboril but the recipe requires duck instead of monkfish. Arroz de pato is made in the oven, however, the duck should be cooked before to make it tender. For a great meal experience pair arroz de pato with red wine.

Recipe to try at home: Out of the Oven… Portuguese Duck Rice from Rare Lynx Blog


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