Portuguese cuisine is characterised by rich, filling and full-flavored dishes and is closely related to Mediterranean cuisine. The influence of Portugal's former colonial possessions is also noted, especially in the wide variety of spices used. These spices include piri piri (small, fiery chili peppers) and black pepper, as well as cinnamon, vanilla and saffron.
There is a wide variety of Portuguese cheeses, especially made from goat's or sheep's milk, or both together. Usually these are very strong-flavoured and fragrant. In the Azores, there is a type of cheese made with cow's milk with a spicy taste (Queijo de São Jorge). Traditional Portuguese cuisine does not include cheese in its recipes, so it's eaten by itself before or after the main dishes.
Basque Chicken Recipe
4 links chourico...2 pounds sliced into thin slices
2 large chicken breasts.. split, boned, skinned
3 large garlic cloves through garlic press
2-- 4 oz. each pimentos
l large onion chopped
4 tsp parsley snipped
1 cup rice (uncooked)
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
l tsp Italian seasonings
l tbsp olive oil or more for sautéing
salt and pepper to taste
Sauté chourico, garlic and onion in olive oil till onion is limp. Place chicken breasts
in bottom of large casserole dish.
Mix all remaining ingredients
and add to casserole.
Bake in 350 F oven for one and a half hour, stirring twice.
broth if mixture becomes too dry.