Apart from its culinary traditions, which are based on the finest and, according to some, the healthiest cooking oil on the planet – olive oil –, Portugal's gourmet delights can be found in some of the world's most cosmopolitan cities' finest specialty restaurants, which include some of the finest specialty restaurants in the world.
When it comes to civilization, it's rare to find a country that has centuries of tradition in just about every aspect of life. It's even more rare to find a country that has a culinary tradition that serves up gastronomic products ranging from the most ordinary dishes to the most exotic gourmet dining.
A rich culinary heritage that matches Portugal's centuries-old history while also reaping the benefits of its geographical location can be found on the historic Iberian Peninsula, which is nestled between Spain and France. The country benefits from a warm Mediterranean climate that allows for the cultivation of olive groves, pine nuts, and a variety of vineyards throughout the country, as well as the harvesting of abundant fish and marine life from the Atlantic sea waters that surround the country on the west and south sides.
With Portuguese haute cuisine, the world's gourmet dining experience has become significantly more diverse, and it would take an entire cookbook to list and describe all of the dishes available. Apart from its culinary traditions, which are based on the finest and, according to some, the healthiest cooking oil on the planet – olive oil –, Portugal's gourmet delights can be found in some of the world's most cosmopolitan cities' finest specialty restaurants, which include some of the finest specialty restaurants in the world.
Although Swiss and Amsterdam chesses are more widely sought after, if you've had the pleasure of tasting the Queijo de Serra, a Portuguese cheese made from sheep milk, it can be difficult to settle on a Brie cheese as a substitute. Azeitao chesses made from goat's milk are produced in the same regions that cultivate the finest grape varietals for their wine-making industries, and the Serpa, Cabereiro, and Azeitao cheeses are made from goat's milk.
Paradise for Seafood Lovers
During festivals and special occasions, codfish meat takes centre stage in the Bacalhau, the country's most popular seafood delicacy, which is prepared as diversely as the many culinary traditions found in the country's coastal regions, resulting in no two Bacalhau dishes tasting the same. Then there's the Portuguese Haddock, another traditional seafood dish made with haddock fillets, codfish fillets, onions, and tomato soup that's grilled in butter and spiced with onion and tomato soup.
Salmon, sardines (sardinhas), and pilchards are among the more common seafood dishes served in Portuguese restaurants, with swordfish (peixe espada), sole (Linguado), and eel being served on occasion (eiroz). Do not forget about the tuna guacamole, lobsters, braised squid, and clams (cataplana) from the Algarve coast, which are cooked with bacon and spicy herbs, as well as the sausages with spicy herbs.
Meats and poultry of superior quality
Pork meat is extremely popular among consumers. Their most well-known pork dishes are made from pigs raised on acorns and truffles in the wine-producing regions of the Alentejo region of Portugal. Portugal is also well-known for its "smoked" pork sausages, particularly the paio and the salpicao, which are both popular in the country. "Tripas a moda do Porto," which is made of beef or pork tripe cooked with smoked ham and pork sausage, is another distinctively Portuguese gourmet dish that must be tried.