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Pheasant Pies/Empadas de Faisão

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“Empadas” (pies) are a common snack in cafes all over Portugal and part of portuguese culinary tradition for centuries (royal chef Domingos Rodrigues dedicates 41 recipes to empadas in his “Arte de Cozinha” from 1680, the first Portuguese cookbook). Today, you are mostly likely to find them filled with chicken, roast piglet or perhaps salted cod. This is a recipe that takes advantage of the dense taste of pheasant to provide an absolutely moorish filing for this exquisite finger food. Shortcrust pastry is ideal for this as it is light enough to let the filling shine but you could experiment with puff pastry as well. Perfect as a snack, light lunch or for a picnic. Can be served hot or cold but much, much better hot out of the oven…


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Written by Pedro Rebelo

January 15, 2013 at 9:34 am

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The Ham Project II

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After all the curing, smoking and 4 months of hanging our ham was finally ready to play!


Still surprisingly moist, next time it will hang 6 to 8 months. People making home made cure hams in Portugal often leave them hanging from one year to the next. If the ham is too moist it becomes harder to cut thinly which is essential for this kind of ham. A ham holder together with a a special ham knife can facilitate the process considerably. As with all meat, the diet of the animal is key to taste and texture of the final product and maybe next time we will be able to experiment in a more controlled environment and perhaps with the famous acorn diet…
The ham was smooth in texture with a light smoky taste. It is reassuring to have an entire ham to cut from to serve for impromptu gatherings  and snacks. The fat makes for an excellent addition to stews and roasts.
More from the ham project next year…

Written by Pedro Rebelo

May 17, 2010 at 8:20 am

Dried Moray Eel/Moreia

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Sun-dried Moray Eel in Odemira’s market, Alentejo. Cut into small pieces and fry in seasoned

Moray Eel Drying

Moray Eel Drying

Written by Pedro Rebelo

May 28, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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