Octopus in Oil in Portuguese Recipe


Polvo a lagareiro-a classic Portuguese version of cooking octopus. Polvo-actually, an octopus. Lagareiro is a local term for a person working on the production of olive oil. Therefore, it is difficult to translate the name of the dish into any other language. At the same time, calling it “octopus in Portuguese” is quite accurate and close to the truth.

Cakes “Pastel de Nata” Recipe


Pastel de nata – the main Portuguese sweet, a cake with a basket of puff pastry with custard. Most Portuguese pastries are made exclusively from yolks. The reason for this is the era of great geographical discoveries. Back then, Portugal had the best fleet in the world, and it took a lot of egg whites to whiten the sails of all the ships, and the yolks were left out of business. So that the product was not lost, they went their own way and began to widely use egg yolks in cooking. Recipe pastel de Nata was invented in the 18th century by monks at the Jerónimos monastery. And still there is an establishment near the monastery where they sell those cakes, the recipe of which is kept in the strictest secret. However, pate de Nata began to be reproduced throughout the country and now they are served in many places. And every year there is a competition for the best pate de Nata.

Capelin with Vegetables in Marinade Recipe


For this recipe, any small fish will do, in my case capelin. A very light, spicy and refreshing dish, delicious fish with crunchy vegetables, is made very quickly and simply, you can take it with you to the country, on a picnic. We liked it. Excellent as a snack, very tasty with boiled potatoes. Try it?

Wine Marmalade Recipe


To be honest, I only like alcohol in the candy filling. So when I came across this recipe, I circled around it for a long time thinking about whether to do it or not. But my curiosity got the better of me and I really liked it. The main thing is to stop in time, because in the head they can give as well as ordinary wine. And marmalade is made very simply and only from 3 ingredients.

Open Pie Sorrel and Ricotta Recipe


Fresh greens are rich in vitamins and trace elements, so it is advisable to eat them as often as possible. In the season of sorrel, I suggest baking an open pie. This cake is good both hot and cold. The sourness of sorrel makes the taste of this pie very interesting and unusual!

Francesinha Recipe


Francesinha is a Portuguese dish. The main place of its habitat – the region of the Port. Conventionally, francesinha could be called a large sandwich consisting of various types of sausages and meat, covered with cheese and richly poured with a unique sauce. But it’s not that simple. The Portuguese themselves consider their francesina not a sandwich, but a full-fledged, satisfying second course. At the same time, it is quite difficult to meet it somewhere in the South or in Lisbon. But in the Port – on the contrary – on every corner, in every restaurant, and even in the narrow franchising. The dish itself is quite young. It was invented in 1953 by a chef who returned from France and tried to adapt the CROC Monsieur that he liked to local tastes. Francesinha then translates as”little Frenchwoman”. But francesinha became widely known a little later. At the moment, the restaurant where the first francesinha was made still exists and feels great. But at the same time, there are many other establishments, each of which has its own unique sauce recipe. The sauce itself is the most important thing in this dish. Bread, meat-all in plain sight. But what the restaurant made its sauce from is a secret. Therefore, from the restaurant to the tastes francesinha can differ significantly. And many residents often have their favorite places with the only correct francesinha.
On a recent trip to Portugal, Porto stole my heart. I spent my nights traversing its narrow alleys, tall bridges, and challenging staircases. It’s a beautiful city with approachable, down-to-earth culinary roots. Seemingly every restaurant in the city does a version of Francesinha, making it the city’s loosely official dish. You could best describe Francesinha as a Portuguese croque madame. It’s two pieces of thick bread filled with interchangeable meats, pushed on a panini press, completely draped with cheese, and then topped with a thin sauce made from beer and tomatoes.

Aside from those foundations, Francesinha is in a state of perpetual modification. As far as I can tell, that’s the essence of the dish. Of all the restaurants in Porto that serve it, you’ll hardly find it made the same way twice. There are thousands of different iterations: The meats are debatable, the sauce is constantly tweaked, the sides are different, etc. The place I first ate Francesinha was O Afonso, the restaurant Anthony Bourdain visited on Parts Unknown.
The Francesinha is a simple, European, working-class sandwich. I hate superlatives, but this is one of the best things I’ve cooked this year. The recipe I’ve included is an adaptation of what I ate at O Afonso. A word to the wise: Don’t bother chasing authenticity. Authentic ingredients are often elusive. Plus, we’re thousands of miles away from Portugal. We don’t live in Porto. You and me? We live in whichever bridge city or suburb or town in America. Letting the dish reflect that is true to its spirit.

The Meat

The Francesinha I had at O Afonso, the one that came recommended, was pork only. You’ll find versions that include steak, and I tried making it that way, but I’m not super on board. If you do add steak, it has to be pounded pretty thin or else it’ll be overly chewy. Plus, the addition of beef suddenly feels like the dish is a gimmick, a way to stack meats like some sort of Man Vs. Food challenge. Keep it simple: I used Italian sausage, a link of linguica, and mortadella. That’s more than enough.

The Sauce

A lot of recipes online say to use a combination of beer, white wine, port wine, and whiskey, but I refuse to believe that using all of that really deepens the flavor in any way. Port wine would be preferred, but we’re not close to the source, so I’m using beer. More specifically, I’m using Bud Light Clamato. My plan here was to enhance the tomato flavors. Don’t be scared of the clam part— it’s not overbearing, and really most of what you’re getting is probably MSG. Not the worst thing.