Cataplana algarvia

cataplana algarvia

Where can I buy a cataplana in the Algarve?

You can buy a cataplana in the Algarve, either at a specialist shop where you’re more likely to find the prettier and more traditional copper cataplanas or in the supermarket where you’re more likely to find the more modern and cheaper steel and aluminium cataplanas.

What is a cataplana and how to use it?

Of portuguese origin, forerunner of the modern pressure cooker, the cataplana allows cooking various types of food giving to them all a unique and unmistakable flavor, through its hermetic steam cooking. Its harmonious shapes combined with its versatility makes the cataplana a very special utensil, unlike any other.

What is the best meat for a cataplana?

Boned meat, particularly chicken, lamb, and goat all tend to work well in the cataplana but feel free to throw in whatever you feel like. Onions, tomatoes, garlic, white wine, and herbs all feature in traditional Portuguese recipes, but don’t feel like you have to stick to what feels traditional.

What is the best meat for a cataplana?

Boned meat, particularly chicken, lamb, and goat all tend to work well in the cataplana but feel free to throw in whatever you feel like. Onions, tomatoes, garlic, white wine, and herbs all feature in traditional Portuguese recipes, but don’t feel like you have to stick to what feels traditional.

What are the best dishes to try when visiting Portugal?

The cataplana is one of Portugal’s tastiest dishes, and it’s definitely worth trying a cataplana dish while you’re visiting. Most restaurants require a minimum of two people, so you may have to convince someone else but don’t worry: they’ll thank you after. Be sure to keep some bread aside for mopping up the juices at the end.

Can you cook with chicken in a cataplana?

You absolutely can. Boned meat, particularly chicken, lamb, and goat all tend to work well in the cataplana but feel free to throw in whatever you feel like. Onions, tomatoes, garlic, white wine, and herbs all feature in traditional Portuguese recipes, but don’t feel like you have to stick to what feels traditional.

How to make the best cataplana?

Peel, wash and slice the onions, parsley and coriander. Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat in the Cataplana. Add the onions and fry for 5 minutes, add the garlic and bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste. Add the pork cut into pieces then the clams, sprinkle with parsley and coriander. Sprinkle with a little white wine.

What is the best seafood for a cataplana?

Once the sauce is made you then add some lobster sauce and the seafood. Choose a good selection of seafood for your cataplana, lobster tails, tiger prawns, mussels, clams, crayfish, and several types of firm white fish (we used monkfish and grouper). Use what is freshly caught and in the market.

What is a cataplana used for?

Onions, tomatoes, garlic, white wine, and herbs all feature in traditional Portuguese recipes, but don’t feel like you have to stick to what feels traditional. Although some people might think it’s sacrilege, cataplanas are great for making curries and soups and other international dishes.

What do you put in a cataplana sauce?

For the cataplana sauce you need onions, garlic, red and green peppers (a ratio of 50% onion : 25% red : 25% green peppers) along with crushed canned tomatoes, good quality Portuguese olive oil, sea salt and of course some Portuguese white wine.

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