The taste of Portugal | Escape Haven

The taste of Portugal

To join in with our excitement about opening our very first European retreat in Portugal we are sharing some recipes to bring the taste of paradise into your own home!

As Portugal was one of the first countries to explore the world and bring home spices from the far east, the cuisine has a broad variety of herbs and spices. The Portuguese cuisine is crazy about seafood and offers many fish and shellfish dishes. Popular fish is the codfish and many dishes contain clams. Overall the Portuguese cuisine is filled with comfort food, so the following recipes have a personal Escape Haven twist to make them more nutritious and healthy.

Oh my Cod salad

This lovely salad can be served as a refreshing lunch and is easy to put together. The cod and veggie mix is a savory surprise and a popular dish in Portugal.

Ingredients:

1 ½ lbs. salt cod (soaked overnight)
4 red peppers
4 cloves garlic, sliced
2 celery ribs, sliced
small bunch parsley, chopped finely
½ lemon, juice
2 tsp red wine vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
black pepper
Method:
  1. Drain cod and chill until ready to use
  2. Roast red peppers until roasted, cool, peel skins and finely chop.
  3. Heat olive oil in small pan, stir in garlic until softened. Bring to room temperature.
  4. Put cod in a pot with water, bring to simmer and remove form heat. Don’t boil the cod as it will become tough. Cool cod slightly in a large bowl and break apart.
  5. Add celery, garlic with oil, roasted peppers and parsley.
  6. Stir lemon juice and vinegar together and poor over salad. Toss well.
  7. Season with black pepper.
  8. Let salad rest for 1 hour before serving to develop flavors.
  9. Serve on room temperature.

Caldo Verde Toast

Caldo verde is a famous traditional Portuguese soup, but as it is more of a winter dish we gave is a sunny twist and turned it into a delicious toast!

Ingredients:
1 Potato, boiled
½ Chorizo sausage
½ Spring onion
½  cup Feta
1 cup fresh kale
1 tbsp Garlic, pure
Rosemary
2 slices whole grain bread, toasted

Method:

  1. Slice boiled potato and chorizo, add to dry pan on high heat. Fry until browned on both sides
  2. Finely chop spring union, kale and feta
  3. Take the slices and bread and add garlic and rosemary
  4. Add potato slices, spring onion and kale
  5. Top with feta and chorizo

 

Chicken lemon and mint soup

Portuguese love soups here is a delicious refreshing one, which makes a meal when you eat it with your favorite slice of bread.

Ingredients:
1 chicken, cut into pieces
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 carrot, sliced
4 parsley sprigs
2 lemons, zest
4 mint springs
¼ tspn crushed red peper
3 quarts water
¼ cup rice, uncooked
½ lemon uiced
¼ cup chopped mint
salt and cayenne pepper, to taste

Method:

  1. Combine chicken, celery, onion, garlic, carrot, parsley, lemon zest, mint springs, crushed red pepper and water in large saucepan.
  2. Brint to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes until chicken is tender.
  3. Strain stock trough a fine sieve, remove chicken to cool and discard remaining vegetables.
  4. Return stock to saucepan, continue to reduce until broth is flavorful.
  5. Add rice to stock and cook until tender.
  6. When chicken is cool, remove bones, tear / cut in bit-sized pieces and add to soup.
  7. Cook 3 – 4 minutes
  8. Add lemon juice, mint and salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Cook 2 – 3 minutes
  10. Serve while hot, garnish with lemon slices and springs of mint

Summer Salad

This salad shows that the Portuguese cuisine has found some inspiration form the Mediterranean cuisine. This quick and easy salad is perfect as a side dish or as main dish with some bread – a savory refresher for a summer day!

Ingredients:
4 tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, diced
50 gr feta, diced
1 can tuna
Salt and pepper, oregano, basil to taste

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients together and add herbs to taste. If you use tuna with oil you can poor a bit of the oil over the salad for extra flavor.

Queijadas

This is an authentic and easy recipe for traditional Portuguese cupcakes. We’ve amended the ingredients to make it a clean and healthy treat. They are absolutely delicious warm out of the oven. Serve them with fresh fruits as a desert or as a snack with tea or coffee.

Ingredients:
3 eggs
½ banana
¼ avocado
2 tbsp agave / palm syrup
45g unsalted butter
100gr plain flour
475ml Milk
½ tspn vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat over to 170C / 340F
  2. Mix eggs, banana, avocado, syrup and butter and blend until smooth.
  3. Mix flour and milk, add little at a time. Blend until smooth again.
  4. Stir in vanilla
  5. Pour into muffin tins until ¾ full.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Serve hot or cold with fresh fruits.

 

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