15 Portuguese Recipes

These 15 Portuguese recipes are the classic ones we return to again and again. The only tricky part is figuring out which one to make first.

Portuguese Orange Olive Oil Cake

This classic Portuguese dessert with its tender crumb and citrus smack tastes as stunning as it looks. Swear.

Portuguese Bread Soup with Shrimp ~ Açorda de Mariscos

Known as Açorda de Mariscos in Portugal, this robust "soup" of shrimp, bread, and rice is a satiating meal in a bowl.

Malassadas ~ Portuguese Doughnuts

Say olá to these Portuguese-style doughnuts from the Azores Islands, essentially crispy, puffy fried dough goodness.

Caçoila ~ Portuguese Stewed Beef

A Portuguese classic made with beef and peppers, caçoila de Pico is a slowly simmered affair that's well worth the wait.

Papo Secos ~ Portuguese Rolls

David explains how to make classic Portuguese papo secos, the stuff of everyday eating, that essentially look like cherubic little baby buns and have a taste that's also divine.

Bifanas ~ Portuguese Pork Sandwiches

In the pantheon of great Portuguese foods, there are few sandwiches that are more superlative than the bifana. Essentially pork, bread, and sauce, it's comfort food at its simplest.

Portuguese Shrimp Turnovers ~ Rissóis de Camarão

A Portuguese classic, these diminutive shrimp turnovers boast a filling that's creamy and comforting yet made interesting with a little heat. All tidily packaged in fried dough.

Portuguese Carne Assada

A traditional Azorean dish that boasts meltingly tender oven-braised beef, potatoes, chouriço, and onions. It's a rustic, homey, Sunday supper sorta dish from David's VERY Portuguese mom.

Caldo Verde ~ Portuguese Green Soup

Considered Portugal's national dish, caldo verde, or green soup, is a homey dish of potatoes, kale sliced whisker thin, and smoky pork sausage.

Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa

Marcel Proust had his madeleine. David Leite has his Portuguese salt cod, potato, and egg casserole.

Pastéis de Bacalhau ~ Salt Cod Fritters

One of Portugal's most beloved dishes, these deep-fried fritters are a melding of salt cod, potato, and onion that are readily devoured.

Portuguese Pork and Clams ~ Porco Alentejana

A specialty of Portugal that's a superbly comforting and oh-so-satisfying dish of marinated pork shoulder and briny clams in a white wine and red pepper sauce.

Broa ~ Portuguese Corn Bread

A traditional Portuguese cornbread that's unlike its American counterpart. There's nothing crumbly about it although there is a heck of a lot to love about it.

Portuguese Sausage Frittata

Guess which recipe David begged to have for a late Sunday night supper after the Ed Sullivan show? (Hint: This one.)

Portuguese Coconut Custard Tarts

Sweet custard flecked with flakes of coconut are what you can expect from pasteis de coco, a dessert classic from Portugal.


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