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20 irresistible dishes from Portugal

Watch out, here comes a culinary delight. Portuguese dishes are varied, tasty and not that difficult to cook. If you want to experience the delicious food of Portugal authentically, you should feast on the spot. You can get an average meal in a restaurant for around € 7 and street food or beer in local markets for around € 1.

Because of its diversity and affordable prices, Portugal is one of the most popular destinations for city trips in Europe. The cheapest time to travel to Portugal is November.

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20 traditional dishes from Portugal

Pastéis de bacalhau

A well-known Portuguese saying goes that there are more cod recipes than days in the year. The staple of Portuguese cuisine cod (or bacalhau) can, for example, be chopped and processed into fine fish cakes. Golden brown and crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, these cakes make a good starter, but can also be served as a main course with rice and salad.

Bacalhau à brás

Preparing various cod dishes takes a lot of creativity. For example, lightly fry chopped cod with onions and potatoes, add olives and parsley and you're done Bacalhau à brás. It's so tasty and easy to make - it's no wonder this dish is so popular.

Alheira de Mirandela

Alheira is a classic among the smoked sausages andChouriços (Type of sausage that is traditionally prepared with pork and is encased in natural casing). The court was originally created by Jews as part of an elaborate scheme to convince the Portuguese Inquisition that they were Christians. Nowadays this is pork freeChouriçoa classic dish that is often served with a fried egg and french fries.

Francesinha

Children, this is how you can spice up your ham and cheese sandwich soon: take three times as much cheese, put layer after layer of smoked meat on top and add as much gravy as you want. This recipe from Porto is like a completely wacky French croque monsieur. Hence the name (‘little French lady’) and the decadent taste of the dish.

Cozido à portuguesa

The traditional stew for meat lovers is cooked with chicken, beef, pork and lots of pork and blood sausages. This hearty, meaty delicacy also includes a little vegetables such as boiled carrots, beans and cabbage. The water used for cooking is a rich broth after preparation that you can either drink or use to cook rice.

Caldeirada de peixe

It is very common in Portuguese cuisine to cook with seafood. Take whatever you can get your hands on, throw it in a saucepan and you have C.aldeirada, a fish stew cooked with different types of fish and seafood, tomatoes and herbs. It's a rich, hearty, and nutritious dish that you can put to good use after a long day at the beach.

Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato

Do yourself a favor: grab a cold beer, enjoy the afternoon sun and order this fine delicacy. This mussel-based dish isn't all about the wonderfully soft mussel meat - dip your bread in the fantastic sauce made from olive oil, coriander, garlic and white wine and don't fall off your stool! Perfect for a cozy afternoon snack with friends.

Queijo da Serra

Serra cheese is made from sheep's milk and has a strong taste and a rubbery consistency. For some inexplicable reason, it is practically unknown outside of Portugal. The consistency and taste of the cheese range from soft and buttery to hard with a more intense taste - a gold piece for every cheese lover.

Caldo verde

Caldo verdeA soup made from potatoes, onions, kale, and pork sausages, which is popular at festivals such as the traditional Portuguese festivities honoring the patron saints of each city, isChouriço) Discs. It's the perfect food for the soul and can be served as a late dinner or as an appetizer.

Sardinhas assadas

These sardines, grilled over charcoal, which combine the freshness of the sea with a smoky grill taste, form the most typical Lisbon dish. You can eat it in restaurants, but also at street stalls during the Santo António Festival in June. Whether you eat the sardines on cornbread, with a salad made from grilled peppers or boiled vegetables: Be sure to dip them in olive oil to experience the full taste!

Bolo do caco

This flat, round garlic bread with the traditional touch of the Madeira Island is baked over basalt stone and - if served hot and crispy - will surely melt you. Some burger shops even use this bread to make their burgers extra-traditional: A great idea that also tastes wonderful ... And you'll wonder why you didn't have this idea first.

Arroz de Pato

Nothing more and nothing less than a crispy duck risotto with Chouriço-Slices of pork. Before it goes into the oven, the duck is cooked perfectly soft as butter - so tender that it almost melts in your mouth. With a glass of red wine, this dish will take you straight to seventh heaven.

Pastel de Belém

The secret recipe of the Pastel de Belém Originally made by Catholic nuns, it is sold in a shop near the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Lisbon. There's a heated debate about how much these chicks are different from the familiar Pastel de Nata distinguish: For some they are exactly the same. The only difference would be the name as the Pastel de Belém for sale in the Belém area. For the others it's two completely different types of pastry, end of story.

But believe us, they are different. There is a difference! No seriously. You should try one of these tartlets and end this debate once and for all.

Torta de Azeitão

In Portugal, egg desserts are widespread; there are many regional variations. A well-known dessert of this is Torta de Azeitão, a soft, fluffy cake that is brushed with egg yolk and rolled up perfectly. These Tortas are a real delight for those with a sweet tooth and a must for everyone who comes to Azeitão.

Ovos moles de Aveiro

If you feel like you are missing something in life, you should Ovos moles try: wafer-thin waffles in shell shape with sweet egg yolk paste. Even if they don't solve your problems, they can definitely make your day easier. Even the notorious 19th century Portuguese author Eça de Queirós couldn't resist this delicacy, as he makes clear in his novel ‘The Maias’ - something the city of Aveiro, where the recipe comes from, is very proud of. Rightly.

Pão de ló

The typical Portuguese sponge cake is often served at Christmas and Easter and is sold wrapped in plain white paper in most bakeries. The soft, simple and airy one Pão de ló can be eaten with or without a scoop of ice cream.

Polvo à Lagareiro

How could we not name squid dishes in a list of Portuguese delicacies? I mean how Squid (or Polvo) is so special that it is eaten on festive occasions like Christmas. It is also often served as a starter in most fish restaurants, usually cold, with onions, olive oil and parsley. Polvo à Lagareiro is a recipe with fried squid soaked in olive oil and served with baked potatoes.

Arroz doce

If there was one dessert your Portuguese grandmother would love to make for you, it would be it Arroz doce: Rice pudding cooked with lemon and dusted with cinnamon. It has that strong, intense flavor that will remind you of Christmas, birthday parties, and home. With this special Portuguese delicacy you will experience a spoonful of security, that's for sure.

Queijadas de Sintra

Made with fresh cheese, these egg pastries are a staple in the lovely little town of Sintra, just a 20-minute drive from central Lisbon. If you're touring the castle or just strolling the streets, don't forget to stop by a bakery and a few Queijadas that are dusted with cinnamon - which makes them even more irresistible.

Salame de chocolate

This sausage-shaped candy, literally a chocolate salami ’, is very easy to prepare and is also sold in most Portuguese supermarkets. While the origin of this treat remains a mystery - many European countries claim to be the country of origin - it is undeniable that the person who decided to mix chocolate powder with butter, eggs, and crumbled biscuits was a woman (or man) of great height was.

Maybe you can find a good flight to Portugal during Black Week to try the dishes in the original country.

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