Recipes from The New Portuguese Table

The New Portuguese Table Cookbook

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Spain, Portugal is today’s hot-spot vacation destination, and world travelers are enthralled by the unique yet familiar cuisine of this country. The New Portuguese Table looks at this fascinating country’s 11 surprisingly different historical regions, as well as the island of Madeira and the Azores, and their food culture, traditional dishes, and wines. This book also showcases Portugal’s pantry of go-to ingredients, such as smoked sausages, peppers, cilantro, seafood, olive oil, garlic, beans, tomatoes, and bay leaves—all common in American kitchens and now combined in innovative ways.

A person holding a spoonful of milk mayonnaise above a jar.

Milk Mayonnaise

Maionese de leite in Portuguese, milk mayonnaise–you heard us–is a creamy, eggless emulsion held together by oil, milk (natch), and a lotta love.

A wide ceramic bowl filled with Portuguese duck risotto, topped with orange zest and parsley.

Portuguese Duck Risotto

A dreamy, creamy riff on the classic arroz de pato, this dish call in flavor favors from duck, cured ham, spicy sausage, and tangy oranges.

Three presunto and cheese loaves on a wooden cutting board, with one cut into several slices and knife lying beside it.

Portuguese Sausage, Ham, and Cheese Bread

A traditional bread that’s heavily punctuated with Portuguese loveliness, including chouriço, presunto, and sheep’s milk cheese. Practically a meal unto itself. And a damn satiating one at that.

A bowl with creamy green olive dip behind five slices of baguette with dip on one

Portuguese Green Olive Dip

For this dip, green olives are stirred into an eggless ‘mayonnaise’ made with milk, oil, anchovies, garlic, and white pepper. A tasty Portuguese olive dip.

A cataplana with slices of spicy chouriço sausage and sweet clams in a tomato-onion broth

Portuguese Clams and Sausage

Clams, spicy sausage, onions, tomatoes, garlic, and aromatics meld in the Portuguese equivalent of a wok (or whatever pot you happen to have handy).

Silver spoon with a mound of Portuguese red pepper paste

Amped-Up Portuguese Red Pepper Paste

Each Portuguese family has its own rendition of this classic, a pantry staple known as massa de pimentão. Here’s how David has amped it up several notches and in the process created something new.