Portugal is a beautiful country to explore. From scenic landscapes to extensive sandy beaches, small villages and cities on hills, this country has it all!
And what you definitely cannot miss is the fantastic food. Refined for centuries and renowned around the world as tasty yet distinctive, you can find in Portuguese cuisine a lot of different options.
Even if you don’t stay in Portugal for a long time, make sure you don’t leave without trying these traditional dishes:
Fresh grilled sardines are the best! Usually served with roasted bell peppers and boiled potatoes, paired with a tall glass of wine or a beer.
Francesinha is probably the most traditional dish from Porto. It’s a sandwich filled with different meats like ham, sausage, bacon, beef, and covered with melted cheese and (lots of!) sauce. It is typically served with a fried egg and french fries.
Francesinha with french fries.
Baked Cod Fish
There are more than 1000 different bacalhau (cod fish) recipes in Portugal, and all of them are delicious! The one below is Bacalhau no Forno, and it goes great with white wine.
Baked cod fish.
Polvo à Lagareiro
This is a very simple but popular dish. The octopus (polvo, in Portuguese) is first boiled and then roasted in the oven with a lot of olive oil and garlic. It is excellent with boiled potatoes.
Octopus “à Lagareiro”.
Cozido à Portuguesa, or Portuguese stew, is one of the dishes with more ingredients in Portuguese cuisine. It’s a mix of slowly boiled meats, smoked sausages and a great variety of vegetables. Some people even add bread.
Açorda is a bread-based dish with poached eggs, boiled fish and fresh olive oil, garlic and cilantro flavour. Some variations of the recipe may use meat or seafood.
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