Cataplana algarve

cataplana algarve

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.

Where did The cataplana come from?

Little is known about the origins of the cataplana in the Algarve, but everything points to the first appearance of the utensil having been during the period of Arab dominance in the region. Its invention may have been inspired by the many bivalves that populate the Ria Formosa.

What makes The cataplana so special?

Its harmonious shapes combined with its versatility makes the cataplana a very special utensil, unlike any other. cataplana.com is a registered trademark of Lusian Coppers

What to do in the Algarve?

Explore the Algarve through food: Traditional Muxama (air dried tuna) in Olhão, which goes back to Arab times and is served mostly in the Algarve. Beaches in the Algarve: Albandeira beach , Benagil cave and the photos versus the reality.

What is a cataplana?

The cataplana is a clam-shaped cooking pot that originates from the Algarve in Southern Portugal, and this is where you’re most likely to find cataplana dishes on the menu. Originating from the Algarve means that a lot of cataplana recipes are fish or seafood-based, although they are quite a few meat-based recipes out there as well.

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 to buy in the Algarve?

Olhão is home to the best fish market in the Algarve but many others, like Portimão, don’t lag far behind. Almost all of the markets have an excellent selection of fruit and vegetables, most of which is grown locally or at least in Portugal. Look out for sweet potatoes (batata doce) for Aljezur, something which the Algarve is famous for.

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.

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.

How do you make 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. Once the sauce is made you then add some lobster sauce and the seafood.

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.

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.

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