The gastronomy of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro is an inseparable part of its history and cultural memory. Luckily for us, the tradition has lasted through time and has reached our days, in the form of delicacies to eat and cry for more. Its people knew how to adapt to the climate, sometimes harsh, and this was not an impediment to producing the best wines, sausages and olive oils, not forgetting chestnuts, almonds, mushrooms, honey and, of course, Mirandesa meats, Barrosã and Maronesa.
Some of its dishes still reflect the harsh living conditions of its population in the past, such as sausages, which emerged to take advantage of all parts of the animals, also having the advantage of having great durability; and the use of nuts and beans, cheap and satisfying products. And from this need were born snacks such as Alheira de Mirandela, chestnut broth and feijoada à Tramontana. Browse the list of eight traditional dishes that All About Portugal has selected and hit the road, it won't be difficult to find where to eat these delicacies of the gastronomy of Trás-os-Montes.
There are many traditional dishes, but the ´alheira´ has a very special category, being either a starter or a main course. It is said that they were invented by the Jews to escape the Inquisition, since they are prevented by religion from eating pork. Nowadays, you'll have no difficulty finding a restaurant where you can eat a good sausage.
Folar from Chaves
For many, Folar de Chaves is the Easter bread, but this salty delight, one of the ex-libris of the gastronomy of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, deserves to be savored at any time. Its preparation uses eggs, flour, olive oil and, most importantly, the best meats in the region, such as ham and sausage.
Feijoada à Transmontana
Probably one of the most famous dishes in the gastronomy of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, the Feijoada à Transmontana is consumed throughout the year, but it is essential for lunch on Sunday Fat Carnival. It is made with beans, pork, big and small sausage and, according to tradition, accompanied by good oven rice.
The Trás-os-Montes gastronomy is not just meat, the faithful friend cod also gives an air of his grace. But, not denying the origins, in the recipe for Codfish à Transmontana, there is no lack of some of the best ham in the region. Cod, ham and a good mashed potato – why not add excellent products?
The Crests of Rooster, also known as Pastéis de Bacon or Pastéis de Vila Real, are pastries in the shape of a half-moon, filled with a mixture of eggs, bacon, apple and almonds. They were created by the nuns of the Convento de Santa Clara, and are currently one of the best-known sweets in the Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro region.