Just as Spain and Portugal’s histories are intertwined, so too are their culinary influences. While Spain can boast of their Tapas, Portugal takes incredible pride in their Petiscos. Yet, unlike the image of several small plates served in earthenware that Tapas evokes, Petiscos takes you to blue and white tiled taverns, or cafés, that specialize in a particular Petisco. Iconic Portuguese petisco recipes might include: bifanas (pork sandwiches), ensalada de polvo (octopus salad), caracois (snails in an herby garlic broth) and pipis (chicken livers). For many, the greatest difference between a Tapa and Petisco may not lie so much in how they’re served, but in the seasoning of the dishes.
Today, you will be rubbing elbows with one of the best Portuguese chefs in Lisbon for an exquisite, private petiscos cooking class in the chef’s home. This one-on-one time with the chef will allow you to meet their family, ask as questions and learn how to make three Portuguese dishes.
We can assure you that this is a very complete, fun and tasty experience that you will not forget. The class can be as hands-on as you want it to be or feel comfortable with and you will also get the printed recipes to try and replicate these dishes at home.
My husband and I had a wonderful day on a private tour with Ryan throughout the Douro Valley. He is extremely knowledgeable and helped us learn to appreciate Port. Beyond the wonderful private tasting sessions, he also brought us to a delicious lunch at a local Portuguese restaurant. Throughout the entire day, he provided us with tips and recommendations for the remainder of our journey throughout Portugal. The whole day was the highlight of our trip! We would HIGHLY recommend it!
Today, you can either meet the Portuguese Chef at the Ribeira Market or in their private home. The choice is yours. Should you meet the Chef at the market, you’ll receive a private tour along with a history of Portuguese food culture. Once your ingredients are purchased for your 4-5 iconic Petiscos dishes, you’ll go back to their home to whip up legendary Portuguese cuisine such as Amêijoas (clams in an herby broth), Cod Pataniscas (savory cod fritters), and Salada de Polvo (flavorful octopus salad). These are just a few of the flavors that you might not only savor over lunch, but learn how to prepare under the trusted guidance of the chef in his personal kitchen. This is a fantastic experience not to missed by anyone who adores phenomenal cuisine!
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