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:

  • 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!



About Author

Feligenio Medeiros is the co-founder and editor of the digital magazine FEEL PORTUGAL IN THE USA. In July 2013 he, along with David Mendonça, co-founded the Portuguese-American Cultural Exchange, Inc. (PaceFado.com) a non-profit organization that engages US and Portuguese cultures through fado music. In 2012 he launched the website FadoNight.com, an online resource to identify venues featuring live fado in the US and PortugueseDishes.com a site dedicated to promoting Portuguese food and the Portuguese restaurants in New England. Feligenio is one of the founders of the Woburn Residents’ Environmental Network. In 2003 he started the Woburn Summer Concert Series, which continues to this day. He is a former owner of the Vellucci Insurance Agency, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a business that he owned until 2008. Feligenio’s digital media and web design experience expressed on his extended website portfolio featuring Portuguese restaurants, clubs, and organizations. He is also a passionate professional photographer specializing in food photography, fado events and performers. Feligenio is a US citizen and a native of the Azores Islands.

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