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Though Portuguese are know for their love for cod fish, bacalhau, and the 1001 ways to prepare it, in reality the Portuguese cuisine  has much more to offer.

Following a National contest, where Portuguese were invited to submit their choices for their favourite dish, a final list of the 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels has been drafted. It’s true that some are typical from regions outside Lisbon, still go for it and try to find and taste each one of these dishes:

Arroz de marisco – A rich flavoured sea food rice.
Sardinha Assada 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

Sardinha Assada 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

Sardinha assada – Sardines, salt and hot coals… and that is it. In Portugal, sardines are eaten along either both boiled potatoes or a slice of bread with a twist of good olive oil. They go perfectly well with roasted paprika salad.

Leitão da Bairrada – Bairrada region style roasted pig.
Pastéis de Belém, one of the 7 Portugal Gastronomic Marvels

Pastéis de Belém, one of the 7 Portugal Gastronomic Marvels

Pasteis de Belém – This egg custards are a Portuguese Marvel which a history behind them.
Check out more information on the Pastel de Belém, their history and where to find them.

Alheira Mirandela, one of the 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

Alheira Mirandela, one of the 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

Alheira de Mirandela – A smoked sausage mostly made from mashed bread, meats and fats. Traditionally, they are made after families gather to slaughter the family pig that they kept feeding for several months. Some of the meats and fats are then used to stuff the pigs tripe and they hanged to dry/smoke.

Initially created as a way for the Jews to escape from the 13th century Inquisition. All over Portugal it was common for families to consume/smoke all kinds of sausages made from pig’s meat. Because Jews couldn’t eat pig they were easily identified. They created the “Alheiras de Mirandela” sausage and stuffed them with kinds of meat like poultry or lamb, finally these sausages were hanged and smoked as any other kind.

The “Alheiras” are mostly made from pig, but you can find them made from game meat, poultry and even code.

Serra da Estrela 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

Serra da Estrela 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

Serra da Estrela cheese – Serra da Estrela has been made for centuries by shepherds in the Portugal highest mountains, Serra da Estrela, in the Beiras region. This cheese is produced from goat cheese and entirely hand-made.

It’s usually served by opening a hole at the top and spread its interior on bread just like you would normally do with butter.

Caldo Verde 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

Caldo Verde 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

Caldo Verde soup – Probably the most famous Soup in Portugal. A thick soup made from mashed potatoes and very thin sliced cabbage usually served with a piece chorizo and a pinch of olive oil.One of the main ingredients in the cabbage, a special kind of cabbage called “Couve Galega”:

Couve Galega - Main ingredient of Caldo Verde, one of the 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

Couve Galega – Main ingredient of Caldo Verde, one of the 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

The tradition dictates that this is the best companion of a Fado’s night.

source: 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels – PUBLICO.PT.