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Portugal on a Plate

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Pasto offers you the tastes of Portugal through our original recipes, influenced by our traditions and culture. We love hearing from you about how the recipes turn out and how you can bring the taste of Portugal to your own home. However, there is nothing quite like visiting Portugal and enjoying the amazing seasonal ingredients that make up our cuisine. Portugal on a Plate does just that; passionately designed food tours take you through the narrow streets of Lisbon to try over ten traditional tastings in off-the-beaten track restaurants, markets and eateries. This is a great way of getting to know the local scene and eating like-a-local.

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Written by Pedro Rebelo

June 21, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Peixinhos da Horta

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Literally translated as ‘small fish from the garden’ these unassuming delicacies have a bit of a world history. Portuguese missionaries traveling to Japan in the 16th century shared the practice of frying green beans in a light batter. The Japanese loved it so much that the practice became widespread and tempura (related to the Portuguese word tempero) became famous the world over. This recipe spreads the global reach of these ‘vegetable fish’ by using tapioca flour from Brazil. Tapioca is a gluten free flour made from casava and makes for an excellent alternative to wheat flour. The search for the perfect batter is a life-time quest and at the moment we think this one is the winner. Although this is a fried food, the wheat free flour and the fact we fry in olive oil makes it guilt free and a healthy starter or side dish.
Peixinhos da Horta

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Written by Pedro Rebelo

September 10, 2017 at 5:05 pm

Bacalhau

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If you know anything about Portuguese cuisine you will know that bacalhau (salted cod) is an obsession. We believe there are thousands of ways of preparing this delicious cured fish which is as close as one can get to a national dish. Here, we combine the flavourful bacalhau with a sweet roast celeriac puree and stewed leek and seaweed mix. This recipe uses the sous vide technique to highlight bacalhau’s soft and creamy texture. We prepare this recipe using the Anova but it will work with any sous vide machinery. Picture show an (optional) foam made of mussel juice and soy lecithin.

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Written by Pedro Rebelo

May 28, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Baked Fish/Peixe no Forno

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Sometimes you go to the market and a large fish is just saying ‘take me’! It’s hard to resist a good size, fresh local fish which you know will be just perfect for your dinner party! As always look out for signs of freshness (avoid dull eyes, go for bright red gills and a firm touch of the flesh). This is a simple recipe involving little work and is a great change from a meat-based roast.  It features all staple Portuguese ‘temperos’ with bay leave, garlic, white wine and ‘colorau’ giving the fish a unique taste. Thanks for the Quasars for allowing me to cook this at their wonderful home in Montreal and asking for the recipe!!!
Rosanamar

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Written by Pedro Rebelo

May 11, 2017 at 11:35 am

Posted in Fish, Recipes/Receitas

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Octopus Tartare/Tartaro de Polvo

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Octopus is a real Portuguese favourite. The two traditional ways of preparing this versatile and delicious mollusc are in a flavourful rice or grilled with olive oil and garlic. In any case the octopus is always boiled before any further preparation. Frozen octopus is much more reliable than fresh, in terms of ensuring the meat is tender. There are a number of methods (and myths) for boiling. Our favourite one at the moment is to boil strait from frozen for about 1 hour for a 1.5-2 kg octopus. This gives it an intense red colour and helps concentrate the taste. This tartare recipe is great for leftovers and makes a delicious starter.

Octopus Tartare

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Written by Pedro Rebelo

January 7, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Sardines with chickpeas and poached egg/Conserva de Sardinhas com Grão e Ovo Escalfado

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Portuguese fast food. Lunch for one with your favourite tin of sardines (we used sardines in tomato sauce), some chickpeas and a poached egg. This is literally quicker than ordering a pizza, much healthier and much tastier (than your average pizza)…

tinned sardine

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Written by Pedro Rebelo

December 3, 2016 at 8:56 pm

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Bean Soup/Sopa de Feijão

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Soups are an essential part of a Portuguese traditional meal. Although the most famous is Caldo Verde, Portugal has a lot to offer when it comes to the magic transformation of a few simple vegetables into a tasty and nutritious meal. Soups are normally a simple affair with only one rule – excellent ingredients – just get seasonal veg at the market and you’ll be fine.
This recipe is for a soup that is traditionally from the north of the country that can be a substantial meal in itself. The Portuguese are rather particular about the quality of beans and there is much to choose from when it comes to varieties. This recipe uses a brown coloured bean called manteiga which is similar to pinto beans. Although you can get beans already cooked in a jar, this soup needs the real thing as most of the flavour will come from the water used to cook the beans.
As with most dried beans, soak overnight in plenty of water (you can soak a larger quantity and then freeze the cooked beans to use in other recipes).
Bean Soup

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Written by Pedro Rebelo

November 24, 2016 at 2:10 pm