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Portuguese Alheira: A Garlicky Bread and Game Sausage

“If this was my avó making sausage, she’d string it up in the cellar. I don’t know if she smoked it first, or if it was just dried that way, but her sausage was always amazing!” said my Portuguese husband after a morning of homemade alheira production, which was a first […]

Recipe: Broa de Avintes

In every country across southern Europe, you’ll find bread, but none so dedicated as the Portuguese. Each table in every home and restaurant has an assorted basket of Portuguese bread to choose from. Flaky crusted pão with soft chewy interiors are perfect for smearing pate or butter, while dense softly […]

Recipe: Portuguese Pasteis de Bacalhau

It’s said that the Portuguese have enough bacalhau (dried salted cod) recipes to create a different dish for every day of the year! Though possibly a touch farfetched, it has heaps of tasty culinary applications. In Portugal, fresh cod is tough to come by, but bacalhau is ubiquitous! That said, it must be prepared in […]

Portuguese Dessert Recipe: Pão-de-Ló

There are several ways to learn about a country and its people. While some choose to expand their knowledge through books, others decide to visit in person. I was zealous and did both before and since moving to Portugal, but I believe the base of this country rests in its […]

Recipe: Portuguese Molho de Leitão

The scent of roasted meat is common when traversing Portugal, but in the Center that rich, inviting aroma is almost always from leitão assado. Leitão, or suckling pig, is considered to be one of the richest of Portuguese delicacies, a wonder even. With tender, juicy meat and perfectly crispy skin, it’s already tantalizing, but […]

Portuguese Recipe: Sardine Pâté

If you were to wander through the cobblestone streets of Porto in search of something to fill your grumbling belly, this would be the perfect city to get lost in. Known for its love of food, from wholly nutritious to downright gluttonous, Porto has been quietly working to maintain the […]

Portuguese Pork Recipe: Carne de Porco à Alentejana

Whenever I walk into a tasca, I check the ubiquitous handwritten black board for the daily menu. If I spot Carne de Porco à Alentejana scrawled on it, I know exactly what I’m having, no questions asked. One single taste of the savory pork intermixed with slightly sweet clams and I’m set […]

Portuguese Seafood Recipes for Dipping Your Bread

When we decided to relocate to Portugal from the States, I was ecstatic about the prospect of fresh seafood, seafood that was diverse, plentiful and all mine for the eating! With approximately six-hundred miles of beaches, succulent frutos do mar (seafood) exists along the entire coast, and that first night in Lisbon, […]

The Art of Homemade Portuguese Jams and Jellies

When I smell wood smoke from the neighborhood chimneys and the rain clouds open to finally release the much needed rain, I know it’s time to get to work with the summer’s bounty. This means many a Portuguese cozinha will become a haven for Portuguese doces such as jams, jellies, […]