Portfolio Category: Foods of the Camino

Sardines

When the Portuguese talk about sardines, they generally don't mean those tiny skinned and boned creatures compressed into a minute can. They are referring to fresh, succulent sardines, the bigger, the fatter - the better. In Portugal, more than 60 percent of the national sardine catch is consumed fresh. With about 500 miles of Atlantic…
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Padron Peppers

Padrón peppers (pementos de Padrón) are a variety of peppers from the municipality of Padrón in Galicia. They are a small pepper ranging from bright green to yellowish green, and occasionally red. Their peculiarity lies on the fact that, while their taste is usually mild, a minority (10-25%) are particularly hot. Whether a given pepper ends…
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Caldo Verde

Caldo verde is Portuguese for "green broth". It is a popular soup in Portuguese cuisine. The basic traditional ingredients for caldo verde are potatoes, kale or collard greens, olive oil and salt. Additionally garlic or onion may be added. Some recipes add meat, such as ham hocks. The soup is usually accompanied by slices of chouriço or linguiça…
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Caldo Gallego

Caldo gallego or simply caldo , literally means Galician broth. It is a traditional soup of Galicia very similar to Caldo Verde which is traditional in Portugal. The ingredients of this soup are cabbage, collard greens, rapini (broccoli rabe), turnip greens, potatoes, white beans and may also contain chorizo ham or bacon. It is served hot…
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