Bacalhau à Brás: A Traditional Portuguese Party Favorite
It’s always a great time when friends and family come together to celebrate a special occasion. And what better way to celebrate than with a classic dish of Portugal, Bacalhau à Brás? This dish has been around for centuries, making it a much-loved, go-to favorite when it comes to special events. Here, we’ll go over not only what the traditional ingredients are, but also a few of our favorite ways to spruce up this classic.
Bacalhau à Brás is a traditional Portuguese casserole composed of shredded salt cod, cooked potatoes, scrambled eggs, chopped onions, and parsley. This hearty dish is a staple of almost any special celebration in Portugal. It usually comes can come in a variety of different combinations that all manage to make an impact on everyone’s taste buds with the salty fish being a common denominator.
At its core, the dish is very simple to prepare. All you need are a few ingredients and a willingness to experiment with flavors. To start, soak the salt cod in cold water overnight, changing the water a few times to reduce the saltiness of the fish. Then, simply fry the chopped onions until they are soft, add the diced potatoes, and cook until they are fully cooked. Drain the potatoes and add the shredded salt cod. Now it’s time to scramble the eggs and add them to the dish as well. Last but not least, you can season the Bacalhau à Brás with salt, pepper, and parsley.
While this traditional recipe has its place as a favorite for special events, there are definitely ways to bring a contemporary twist to the recipe. For instance, you can add sautéed vegetables such as peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes to the dish for an added flavorful punch. Additionally, you can use diced bacon instead of onions as the base for a more decadent experience.
To really spice things up, try adding some heat to the dish by using pieces of chorizo or even bacon fat. For those who like their dishes to have a little zest to them, add some lemon juice or capers for added flavor. If you’re feeling really creative,why not take some inspiration from the many flavors of the Mediterranean and add olives, capers, and even sundried tomatoes to the mix.
No matter how you choose to mix it up, there’s no doubt that Bacalhau à Brás will leave your friends and family happy and full. To get started, here’s a great recipe you can try:
– 1 lb (500 g) of salt cod, soaked overnight
– 2 large potatoes, diced
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 2 onions, chopped
– 4 eggs
– 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
– Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Soak the salt cod overnight in cold water, changing the water at least twice.
2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the onions and potatoes. Fry until the vegetables are fully cooked.
3. Drain the potatoes and add the salt cod. Cook for 10 minutes.
4. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and add them to the mixture.
5. Cook for 5 minutes or until the eggs are cooked through.
6. Season the dish with salt, pepper, and parsley.
7. Serve your Bacalhau à Brás and enjoy!
Whether you’re looking to impress with an understated classic or you want to experiment with some modern flavors, Bacalhau à Brás is sure to be a hit at any special event. Try out this traditional Portuguese favorite and delight your guests with this delicious dish!