Steamed mussels go from standard to superlative when doused in a delicate curry-white wine broth spiked with shallots, garlic, lime, and cream.
This dish, called Trutas a Moda de Braganca, consists of trout wrapped in a deep red jacket of smoked Portuguese ham and fried in bacon drippings.
Sweet caramelized onions and Greek feta cheese make this tart an ideal companion with a salad. It’s especially easy with store-bought puff pastry.
Broa, or Portuguese cornbread, has a distinctive whitish crust, which cracks to reveal a golden-brown crumb. This is a toothsome, hearty bread.
A Spanish savory pie, Pastela Moruna is related to Moroccan bastila though not as sweet or rich. Rotisserie chicken and puff pastry make this a quick meal.
Serve this red onion and rosemary pizza as an appetizer or in a buffet. Your guests will appreciate the easy to make homemade Italian pizza dough.
Toasted walnuts, seasoned butter, and crème fraîche or cream accompany snails in this rich, comforting French recipe from the southwest of France.
Big chunks of dungeness crab, celery, and jalapeno peppers stud these crab cakes. A homemade tartar sauce and asparagus and lemon dressings add color and zing.
A Portuguese staple from the island of Madeira, swordfish marinated is a spiky oil of pepper, garlic, and oregano, are threaded on skewers and then grilled.
An intimate appetizer, this seared tuna is coated with blackening spices, and dressed with an Asian influenced soy-mustard sauce and beurre blanc.
A cipollini and blue cheese tart your guests will love. Try to stay true to the ingredients, but if you can’t find Bleu de Gex, substitute Stilton.
Tapas bars feature wonderful combinations of ingredients and these mushrooms in garlic and sherry sauce make a great appetizer. Serve with crusty bread.
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