Thursday, January 25, 2018

Recipe Thursday: A Home-Style Alentejo Feast

Imagine a late fall afternoon – a winemaker from Alentejo, Portugal has just finished tending to the vines and is about to tuck into a glorious supper replete with simmering soup, homemade bread and fresh caught fish from the nearby Atlantic. As family and friends gather for the meal, they sip indigenous red wine drawn from clay amphorae – a salut to the ancient winemaking practice introduced by the Romans over 2,000 years ago.

Todd Coleman, Saveur

To recreate this authentic home-cooked Alentejo meal, we turn to food writer Jean Anderson of Saveur. Based on her extensive travel to the region, she offers a menu full of rich, rustic dishes, such as Fritas de Bacalhau (Pan-Fried Salt Cod Ships) and Açorda à Alentejana (Bread and Garlic Soup with Cilantro). To wash down all this wonderful food, we reach for a delicious bottle of Herdade do Rocim Amphora Tinto. Made in large clay amphorae, this wine is light and fresh, with notes of berries and rose petals – the perfect accompaniment to a flavorful, hearty Alentejo meal.

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