Best Portuguese Cuisine to Try in Autumn
Portuguese cuisine has always been known as a tasty choice of food to get the taste buds tingling with its common use of fresh seafood and light dishes. As we begin to make our way into the Autumn season there are plenty of delicious Portuguese meals available to prepare as comfort food for the warm jumper period.
Why don’t we get the most common choice out of the way? Caldo Verde is one of the simplest dishes around that is easy to prepare and cook and is commonly known as the ultimate comfort food in Portugal. All it takes is kale, onions, potatoes and pork sausages and you’re ready to cook up a storm for them chilly Autumn nights.
This dish is all about finding the middle ground between looking like a stew, and not being too soupy. It’s mainly comprised of olive oil, poached egg, coriander, garlic and water, however, there are several variations you can have of Acorda, providing the flexibility to cook it with just about anything. Some may choose to eat it with shrimps or fish. Either way, this Portuguese classic is sure to get the taste buds tingling.
Ameijoas a Bulhao Pato
This is more for the chilled Sunday afternoon where you’re just looking to kill some time and have a bit of a snack with a cold bottle of beer. The dish is a plate filled with flavours from clams partnered with a bowl of sauce that is made from garlic, olive oil and cilantro before being topped up with white wine. For the ultimate Portuguese cuisine experience, dip bread into the sauce.
Caldeirada de Peixe
Portuguese cuisine is known for its great seafood and one way to experience it in its full is through Caldeirada de Peixe, a dish where different kinds of fishes and shellfish are cooked together in a pot that’s blended with herbs and tomatoes. This stew is the ideal comfort food to keep us going through the Autumn.
For a more complex dish choice, you can always try the Feijoada Trasmontana which is a bean stew that includes pig parts that are not so uncommon. The history behind the dish is that people couldn’t afford to throw away food they had bought so, as well as putting in the meaty parts of the pig, they also threw the pigs’ parts into the stew so that it wouldn’t go to waste. The soup is extremely warming to the stomach but the thought of pig’s parts in the dish can be interesting for some.
Autumn is a great time to test your food palette. Whilst it begins to get colder outside, there’s no better way to spend your time in your home than by testing out some Portuguese cuisine for them cold nights in.