A traditional Christmas Eve dinner usually includes Bacalhau da Consoada – a salted cod simply boiled with potatoes, cabbage, collard greens, carrots and hard-boiled eggs and then drizzled with olive oil.
Other popular Portuguese Christmas dishes include:
Bacalhau á Gomes Sá – a salted cod casserole made with onions, potatoes, boiled eggs, olives and parsley, or Bacalhau Assado, a roasted cod.
- Polvo (octopus) – It can be stewed, oven roasted or served as an arroz de polvo, (rice and octopus).
- Roasted turkey with stuffing
- Cabrito assado (roasted baby goat).
Dessert usually includes Bolo Rei (King Cake) which is a Portuguese version of fruit cake. It is filled with dried fruits, nuts and topped with candied fruit and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Other traditional Portuguese desserts include:
- Filhoses (a soft fried dough) sprinkled with cinnamon
powder and sugar
- Coscorões (thin and crispy fried dough)
- Fatias douradas (golden bread slices), a Portuguese version of the French toast, covered with cinnamon and sugar instead of syrup.
- Portuguese flan pudding
- Arroz doce (rice pudding)
Boas Festas! Feliz Natal!