Cooking Portugal

Cooking Portugal

Pica Pau, Petiscos from Portugal

Pica Pau is a Portuguese petisco based on meat. It is possible to feature pork or beef (or even a mix of both) and as a delicious sauce, which is usually based on beer. An interesting fact is that Pica Pau is literally the translation of woodpecker, which doesn’t make any sense.

This Portuguese petisco usually has pickles ( cauliflower and carrots) and black olives. More traditional and simples than this it is possible since all ingredients are local. You probably know, Portugal is one of the major producers of Olive Oil, which means olives from different kinds.

Pica Pau, Portuguese Petisco
It is common to find on snack bars or spots specialized in petiscos (the Portuguese word for tapas). It is always served with bread that you will be able to soak in the sauce. Perfect drink pair? By default a wonderful cold beer or a craft beer that Portugal has already available. More than 100 brands besides the international catalog, of course, it really depends of the spot you are eating/drinking.

What Portuguese Petiscos you can eat besides Pica Pau?

Besides Pica Pau , based on meat as mentioned, you should try Octopus Salad if you love seafood. Clams Bulhão Pato Style is another option that you try if you have it available in the spot you choose. Based on clams with parsley and a little bit of lemon, they are delicious. Codfish fritters are the ex-libris and the homage to the codfish, which Portugal doesn´t have. Based on smashed potatoes mixed with cod, is delicious.

These are perhaps the most traditional ones, however you will have many other options to try and enjoy in the country. There are some based on mushrooms, above all, you will find diversity and quality of the food.

Some culinary schools promote cooking classes or market tours based on Portuguese gastronomy. Some of them they serve pica pau as starter, that you as traveler can taste several dishes during the food experience you choose. 

What you to know more about other food dishes or local ingredients?

1. Coodfish Fritters
2. Olive Oil
3. Sardines
4. Portuguese food spicy?
5. Lupins

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