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Christmas in Portugal
Christmas in Portugal

Flavors of Portugal

Christmas in Portugal
Feliz Natal

Christmas is a festive environment and the moments that rekindle the spirit of fellowship are the most important.

Even though it is said in Portugal that there are 365 recipes for cod (one for each day of the year), the tradition is to serve simple boiled cod - on the 24th of December, although roast turkey and other meat dishes that were enjoyed in the days after have also begun to be part of the menu.

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For dessert, the table is set til Epiphany with

  • Bolo Rei (King's Cake) filled with candied fruits or nuts

in addition to delicious traditional fried desserts:

  • "filhós" - traditional deep fried sweet pastry plain or stuffed with pumpkin
  • "sonhos" (Photo du haut) - traditional deep fried sweet soft pastry normally eaten at Christmas, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon
  • and "rabanadas" (Photo on your lef) - type of French toast cooked in a skillet with olive oil.
 
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