Articles Categorized in: Portuguese Recipes

Bolo do Caco (Sweet Potato Bread)

Bolo do Caco (Sweet Potato Bread)

This sweet potato bread is a traditional recipe from Madeira. Bolo do Caco is a soft bread that usually is served with a garlicky butter as entrée for any meal.     You can find Bolo do Caco in almost any corner of Madeira island. It is commonly served as a company for espetadas — which is a kind of barbecue. As you may know — if you’ve followed my blog — I lived a few months in Madeira while...
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Portuguese Tuna Tart

Portuguese Tuna Tart

The easiest tuna tart that will be your savior for the next beach trip. This is a blender tart that will give you a great result every time.       This is a Portuguese recipe that I learnt from my mother in law and that, apparently, is really popular around here. It’s a quite easy concept. A layer of tuna filling encapsulated between two layers of cake-like dough. This tuna tart recipe, besides being super tasty and yummy, has...
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Honey and Cinnamon Cookies

Honey and Cinnamon Cookies

It’s official… Christmas is here. And with the arrival of the season, cookies and hot chocolate are the stars of my winter craving. These honey and cinnamon cookies are one of the few crispy cookies that have caught my attention.     If you have a long time following The Cookware Geek, you will know that I cannot live without chewy cookies. But once in a blue moon, I want a change in my cookies and this recipe is a...
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Portuguese Cod Croquettes

Portuguese Cod Croquettes

Let’s talk about the obsession of Portuguese people for codfish. I’m not talking about an occasional weekly meal with cod, oh no. They have a complete section in the supermarket dedicated to cod. Frozen, salted, fresh, cod croquettes, cod salad, cod shampoo, cod everything (and let’s not mention the smell, really stingy). They love this fish beyond any measure.     Codfish and I .. well not the best relationship that you may think of a girl living in codland...
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Portuguese Francesinha Sandwich: The Ultimate Portuguese Comfort Food

Portuguese Francesinha Sandwich: The Ultimate Portuguese Comfort Food

Portuguese Francesinha sandwich comes from the north part of Portugal, specifically the city Porto. Don’t assume that francesinhas are a simple and light sandwich you eat when you have a little void space in your tummy. This dish is HEAVY. I mean, eat it when you are starving and have plenty room for this monstrosity. Bread, sausages, meat, ham, cheese, egg and a rich and meaty sauce. All this accompanied by a bunch of french fries. That’s what I call...
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Chicken and Pineapple Sandwich

Chicken and Pineapple Sandwich

  Pineapple in a sandwich. I won’t lie to you; the first time I saw this sandwich in a Portuguese bakery I had the same reaction that I had with “Hawaiian pizza” — until this day I can’t stand that aberration. I worked next to a small bakery and everybody went there for lunch. It was inexpensive, and the “tostas” (sandwiches) were kind of a legend. So, in adventurous spirit one day I ordered the infamous “tosta de frango e...
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Spicy Octopus with Vinaigrette

Spicy Octopus with Vinaigrette

I love octopus. Here in the Iberian peninsula, it is a common ingredient and the star of many local dishes. This time I decided to go for an acid vinaigrette that goes perfectly with any type of seafood.       The appealing of this dish is that it gets even tastier if you store it in your fridge for a week. The longer the octopus remains into the vinaigrette, the more flavor it will have. This dish is my...
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Ridiculously Easy Orange Cake

Ridiculously Easy Orange Cake

A blender. That’s all you will need to achieve this beautiful and aromatic orange cake. I call this the ultimate lifesaver cake when you urgently  need a cake for any meeting and that you forgot — I’ve been in that situation more times that I would like. This recipe is based on my Will’s grandmother’s. She is Portuguese and in Portugal orange cakes are serious business. She’s used to make this cake every sunday for family lunches. It’s the best...
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Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pastéis de nata)

Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pastéis de nata)

You can’t say that you visited Portugal, especially Lisbon, if you never ate a “pastel de nata” or “pastel de Belém”. This dessert is part of the gastronomy legacy of Portugal. The recipe was developed by the monks of the “Monasterio dos Jerónimos” in the XVIII century. This recipe hasn’t changed a bit through the years. My earliest memory of this sweet Portuguese specialty was the first day that I stepped on Portuguese soil. My boyfriend and I left the...
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Deviled Prawns (Madeira’s recipe)

Deviled Prawns (Madeira’s recipe)

    This is a recipe that I learned while I was living in Madeira – a small island that belongs to Portugal- and is basically prawns dipped in a spicy sauce that is absolutely delicious. In portuguese is called Gambas á diablo. Madeira is well known for their ways to prepare fish and seafood. They know how to maintain the integrity of the seafood flavor and create amazing dishes. If you ever have the opportunity of visit Madeira island...
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