Food and Drink from Portugal
Our take on the finest cuisine in Portugal with budget holidays provider On The Beach
Like most food from the Mediterranean and Southern Europe, Portuguese cuisine is based around fresh fruit and vegetables, lots of olive oil and plenty of oily fish and cured and smoked meats. More time is devoted to cooking and eating. Food is generally home made and prepared from scratch and meal times last a couple of hours. Herbs and spices form a big part of Portuguese food, largely thanks to its former colonies. The most commonly used spices are cinnamon, chilli, black pepper, vanilla and saffron.
Although fast food and international dishes are rapidly infiltrating the Portuguese diet, most Portuguese still rely heavily on traditional cuisine. As a tourist you will have no problem finding restaurants that service classic Portuguese dishes, generally at very reasonable prices. The food isn’t flashy or pretentious; it is home cooked, portion sizes are generous and it isn’t fussy or beautiful displayed – it just tastes good.
You can still sample local Portuguese cuisine on all-inclusive holidays to Algarve hotels. With all-inclusive holidays to Algarve resorts from On The Beach you can enjoy all the advantages of an international hotel chain with the benefits of local food and culture. Here are a few Portuguese food and drink products to enjoy.
Cozido a Portuguesa
This is a traditional meat dish that is still eaten widely across the UK. It is a meat overload. It is a meat stew that is usually made according to what the chef has available to him or her. It usually contains various cuts of port and smoked sausages and is often served with chickpeas, carrots, potatoes and turnips.
Carne de porco a Alentejana
This mixture of pork and clams with potato and coriander hails from the Algarve and the inland region of southern Portugal. The pork is marinated for around four hours in white wine, paprika, garlic, coriander, bay leaves and seasoning. It is then cooked with the clams and served with potatoes or more modern versions are served with chips.
Vinho Verde isn’t green in colour. This wine is called green wine because it is meant to be drunk ‘young’ and it doesn’t go through a lengthy ageing process. It hails from the northwest of Portugal but is drunk throughout Portugal.
More information on Portugal and the Algarve region in particular can be found on Visit Portugal.
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