Are you looking to get to know Portugal gastronomically? Well then, let’s start with breakfast. Often this consists of fresh bread with butter, cheese or preserved fruit accompanied by black coffee or with milk. Sweet pastries, cereals, yogurt or fruit can also be eaten . Once you’ve had breakfast, let’s see what you can eat in Portugal.
A lot of fish and shellfish are included in the Portuguese diet. The fish is served grilled, boiled, fried or stewed. The most typical fish dish consumed in Portugal is cod. It is preserved dry and salty as the Portuguese fishing tradition began before refrigeration was invented. Cod should be soaked in water or milk before cooking.
Also popular are sardines (especially grilled as sardinhas assadas), octopus, squid, cuttlefish, crabs, shrimp and prawns, lobster and many other crustaceans such as barnacles. Regarding meat, it was historically always considered a privilege of the upper classes. During winter, a typical Portuguese dish is cozido à portuguesa (a rich stew made from the shin of beef, pork, and, in some regions, chicken served with cabbage, carrots, turnips, etc.).
During your gastronomic holidays in Portugal , you must eat Alheiras, which are a kind of sausage made with minced meat, paprika and garlic. There is a great variety of Portuguese cheeses. In the Azores, there is a type of cheese made from cow’s milk that is spicy called Queijo de Sao Jorge. Cheese is not usually included in food dishes, it is eaten before or after the main dishes.