Alentejo Gastronomy, dishes you should taste
Perhaps for this reason the traditional gastronomy from Alentejo is simple and creative, mixing ingredients from the season with dishes from cultural influence along centuries. Tasting the local gastronomy, meat, fish or event desserts, are experiences that are worth the trip to Alentejo flavours. Of course, we cannot forget the amazing wines and many other products, such as cheeses to enjoy the whole meal.
Pork Meat Alentejo Style
Based on pork meat, potatoes and sweet paprika is perhaps one classic even on Portuguese gastronomy. The potatoes are cuted in small cubes and fried, while the chunks of Pork Meat are mixed with a marinade of paprika during 2 to 4 hours previous to the cooking process.
Besides these three ingredients the traditional recipe also has garlic, sea salt, vegetable oil (to fry the potatoes), bay leaf, chopped coriander to garnish, chopped pickles. It has an amazing taste and is easy to cook.
The extra step is basically to wash the clams. After open them in a pan with some wine, unions, lemon and mix it in the end. You should take out the ones that are close.
Açorda à Alentejana
Typical soup from Alentejo, which unlike most soups is not cooked. Surprised? Indeed. Açorda recipe is not universal, is that kind of recipe that changes from area to area in Alentejo ( and the whole country) and you might find a different recipe from family to family.
Açorda à Alentejana is based on salt, oil, boiling water, sliced bread, garlic. To this mixture, you should add aromatic herbs such as pennyroyal or coriander. Should be served with amazing fresh fish ( fried or boiled ), cod or egg (boiled or poached).
Thinking on this diverse ingredients, you can have many combinations, the most common perhaps will be poached egg (interior), thinking of the rural environment of locals during centuries. However, along the coast, the use of fish is more common.
These are just some of the rich culinary dishes available in Alentejo, which you can easily make a food and wine pairing with some of the best local wines. Even food pairings with Talha Wines ( in Portuguese vinhos da talha), however if you love sweets, we have good news. The list of sweets or desserts are huge and we will post it in the future.