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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:

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    Grilled Octopus

    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:


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  • Filhoses (a soft fried dough) sprinkled with cinnamon


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  • 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!



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