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Portugal Cuisine and Food

Cheeses of Portugal

Cheeses of Portugal
Portugal is a country of fine pasture-land, and tending flocks has been always a mean of subsistence or an important traditional activity. Surely in a land of flocks, cheese is king.

The several kinds of cheese made with milks of sheep, cow goat, or mixed, the consistence of the paste, the flavour and flat degree are different in each region.

Making cheese is an art that comes to the table as an important element of gastronomy in that region and reveals the skill of the hands that give them shape.

Some people still afirm that "the cheese makes the cheese-maker and not the other way around". In a way or another the secret goes from generation to genaration and till today cheese is hand-made. The oil-lamp is out of fashion but the flavour remains.

Cozido a portuguesa

Cozido a portuguesa
It is a plate where a great meat variety that consist of cow, chicken and pig (fresh and smoked), is mixed with a variety of vegetables, such as rice, bean, cabbage, potato, carrot and turnip.

Feijoada (Beans)

Feijoada (Beans)
Consists of dry bean, bacon, meat tomatoes, onions, garlic, carnations, parsley, parrot, oil, eggs salt and pepper.

Bife com batatas fritas (steak with fried potatoes)

Bife com batatas fritas (steak with fried potatoes)
This dish is mostly enjoyed by the younger generations.

Made with cow meat, it can be cooked in several ways, either roasted, fried in oil or other fat, then mixed with several spices and usually produce an aromatic aroma.

Pasteis de Belem

Pasteis de Belem
This dish was first produced in 1937. Following that the same homemade tradition, has been used to make the desert. The Pastιis de Belιm offer's the delicious taste of the ancient Portuguese sweets.

Pao de Lo (Bread-of-Lo)

Pao de Lo (Bread-of-Lo)
This is a typical cake made in Portugal. Consist of only egg, sugar and flour.

Salt Cod Fritters

Salt Cod Fritters
These crispy fritters are among the most popular appetizers in Portugal. Made from the preserved fish that has long been a staple of the Iberian peninsula and other Mediterranean countries, they are also a regular feature on the menus of Spanish tapas bars.

Figs Stuffed with Chocolate and Almonds

Figs Stuffed with Chocolate and Almonds
Although the combination might not seem obvious at first glance, one taste of these confections shows how well suited dried figs are to the rich tastes and textures of chocolate and almonds. Serve this after-dinner sweet with a glass of good Portuguese port or Madeira.



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