Appetizers were not a traditional part of the Portuguese Meal

Small savory bites of Salgadinhos and the Petiscos were more likely to be enjoyed before a meal. Sometimes they are enjoyed as a snack with a glass of beer or wine or even as a light meal.


Fig Jam

This is perfect to serve as a starter on toast points or crackers with a spoon of soft goat cheese. 3 pounds fresh figs, rinsed, stems removed 1 cup sugar Juice of 1 fresh lemon 1 cinnamon stick 2 tablespoons port wine (opt) …

Grilled Squid with Lemon Wine Vinaigrette (Lulas Grelhada com Vinho )

Serves 2 as an appetizer This is a perfect appetizer for squid lovers.  I have taken it a step further and served it as an entrée over rice. 2-3  large squid, cleaned, inner bone removed Grill over medium coals for 2 1/2 minutes…

Quick Chickpea Salad - Salada de Grao Rapida

    Serves 1 to 2 One   4 -ounce can chickpeas, drained One   4 -ounce can oil packed tuna fish, drained or cooked salt cod 1      small red onion, coarsely chopped 1      chopped…

Linguiça Sausage and Proscuitto Bread (Bola ou Folar de Presunto e Linguiça)

Serves 6-8 These breads make perfect additions to tailgate parties, picnic baskets, or slice them thin for appetizers. My brother liked to add some Portuguese São Jorge cheese to the dough, it is always a hit. For this recipe, I find the best…