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Right Out of Terceira

AlcatraNope, not Grandma Rose’s recipe but she’d rave about this if she’d a taste. A young friend who shares recipes with me now and again says this will be prepared as one of the meats served at Easter. Melissa’s family is right out of Terceira. She just had a birthday and complains she’s in her thirties. Ha. Albeit she’s been cooking since she was a child. Her recipes, yep I’ve tasted her Portuguese Beans, are a mixture of traditional Portuguese and well, American dishes. She tweaks her American dishes but her traditional dishes not so much. I tweaked this one just a little … lack of availability of slab bacon or “bacon steak” as Melissa calls it, and well, my handful of spices may be different from Melissa’s. Slab bacon isn’t really too difficult to find but I wanted to make the dish now … And not have to travel 40 minutes to our special Portuguese grocer.

Warning, this dish is not for the faint of heart … it’s rich and you just can’t stop at one serving.

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Portuguese Egg & Bread Soup

Portuguese Egg Soup

 

Not exactly a soup or stew but just as hearty!

This is a quick recipe for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Totally vegetarian unless you’re inclined to add a little linguica or chouriço … more as a garnish. No chicken broth … it’s not needed! The flavor comes from the garlic, cilantro and the crusty stale bread. It’s absolutely delicious.

All comes together in about 15 minutes.

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Portuguese White Bean Soup

White Bean SoupAdd a little less broth and you’ll have Portuguese White Beans. Love, love, love this soup. Add greens, spinach, kale, swiss chard or turnip greens for a more complete meal. Chop these pretty fine to speed the cooking. This is just the perfect soup for our rainy days.

If you’re looking for a sweeter (and I mean sweet!) Portuguese White Bean Recipe try this.

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Great Thanksgiving Sides & More

Thanksgiving Sides1. Apple Cranberry Chutney 2. Stuffed Mini Pumpkins 3. Beet & Arugula Salad 4. Portuguese Greens

5. Italian Mac-N-Cheese 6. Country Green Beans 7. Sautéed Green Beans 8. Macaroni & Cheese

9. Shredded Potatoes 10. Chopped Salad 11. Portuguese Peas 12. Dijon Potatoes with Green Beans

13. Roasted Red Potatoes 14. Cheese Potatoes 15. Standing Rib Roast 16. Au Gratin Potatoes

17. Tenderloin Roast 18. Turkey Alcatra

 


Ribs & Sauerkraut Portuguese Style

Ribs & SauerkrautDan is at it again! Pork ribs and homemade sauerkraut, a perfect crockpot fix with a bit of smokey barbecue flavor! Simply use my Portuguese marinade over-night with country style boneless pork ribs, barbecue slightly to brown, smoke on low for about an hour to render off some of the fat and impart a delicious flavor, layer ribs with sauerkraut in a crockpot placing small potatoes over the top. Cook about 6-8 hours on low. A bit of heaven.

My brother swears by his Traeger. It’s an investment but so worth it! Check it out here.

Try this crockpot variation if you’re not into barbecue. The smokey taste of the sausage makes this a perfect alternative.

P.S. I’ve asked for his homemade sauerkraut recipe!


Roselyn’s Chicken or Pork Adobo

Roselyn's Chicken or Pork AdoboDelicious Filipino Dish with few ingredients! I like the idea of pork ribs instead but suit your meat preference. Because this recipe uses pickling spices I relate the meat taste to some Portuguese dishes. I just love it! Enjoy! And thanks Roselyn … Hoping for more.

Here is another adobo recipe you may enjoy. And I love Margaret’s Spareribs too!

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