Holiday menu

Looking for something different to start off that turkey dinner?  Check out my recipe for Zesty Linguica Spread. Use it as a spread, fill premade filo cups or roll it or fold it, up in puff pastry and bake for bite size appetizers.  Try my Garlic Soup as a first course or my Puree of Chestnut Soup. How about that turkey?  Try brining it the Portuguese way.  Check out these recipes and ones for stuffings in my book, Authentic Portuguese Cooking. Available now on your bookstore shelves.

Christmas Eve traditionally brings Consoada, a dinner of poached salted cod and assorted vegetables drizzled with olive oil and vinegar, and scattered over with chopped garlic to the table. Sweet Rice Pudding, Fried Dough, Sweet Bread most likely make their presence too. The King’s Bread, Bolo Rei is sometimes seen though it also can be served 6 days after on “little Christmas”

Carnival time is not celebrated by all but those that do might whip up a traditional boiled dinner or even a feijoada (Bean and Pork Stew) along with Cavacas, the iced sweet popover like pastries, Sonhos, the fried pate choux pastries , or the fried doughs: filhos and malassadas. Some of the mentioned recipes are on this site. Check out my cookbook page to see which book has the other recipes.

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