Friday, October 05, 2007

Holiday Cooking Blogger Style!

Well it's that time of year again and I'm so thrilled that the wonderful lady at "Overwhelmed with Joy" is hosting this again.

Last year I shared a couple of recipes from my Portuguese Culture, they were some of the most common Holiday meals served during Christmas.

We don't have Thanksgiving in Portugal so Christmas is pretty much the biggest family get together, there's tons of food everywhere and family and huge christmas trees surrounded by an ocean of gifts. Yes, when you have a huge family it literally takes over the living room, but it's so much fun.

So I'm sharing a few more recipes with you AND giving you the link to my Holiday Cooking Blogger Style First Edition last year in case you missed it and want the recipes that were shared there.

Rabanadas - Portuguese Christmas "French Toast"

* 1 baguette loaf of bread
* 1 egg
* 200 ml (3/4 cup) milk
* Olive oil
* Sugar and cinnamon

Cut a baguette into 1 cm (1/2") thick rounds; remove the crusts; dip into an egg beaten with milk - 1 egg to approximately 200 ml (3/4 c.) milk.
Fry in hot olive oil in a skillet for a few seconds on each side drain; sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

The next recipe is one that we had many times for Christmas Eve, it's like a bread but stuffed with ham and bacon or sometimes even's SO good.

Bola de Carne - Meat Bread

6 eggs beaten
½ glass of vegetebale oil
pinch of salt
1 lb of flour
2 package of dry east ( Dissolved in warm water)
1 “chourico” (chourizo from Spain or Italy can serve the propose) sliced
¼ of smoked ham cut in pieces

Beat the egg together with the yeast and oil. Mix with the flour and salt.
Knead and place in a greased bowl to rise. This makes a moist sticky dough.
Put in a greased bowl turn to coat and cover. Let it rise to double, about 2 hours.
Traditionally the meat is spread in a single layer in the middle of the loaf. I prefer to mix it throughout the loaf .
Prepare you bread pans and divide the dough in two pieces.
Mix the meats in the dough and place in the loaf pans to rise a second time.
Let rises for about 1/2 hour and then bake in a preheated 450 deg. Oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

And lastly here is a soup that I think every portuguese person's sooooo good and I remember eating it many times during the holidays. My greatgrandmother used to make it and it was to die and filling and just wonderful.

Serves 4

½ lb of shredded kale
1 lb of potatoes
1 small chourico sliced (a good hard smoky sausage can be used
even pepperoni in a pinch)
1 or 2 cloves of garlic
4 tablespoons olive oil
pinch of salt

Peel the potatoes and heat in a quart of water with the garlic and chourico. When the potatoes are well cooked make a puree and continue to heat. Meanwhile wash the shredded kale and add to the puree and boil. Add half the olive oil and cook the kale. When ready to serve season to taste. Add the remaining olive oil (use as much as you like) and serve with the bread.


  1. What a pretty, festive autumn blog! Those recipes sound great, especially the french toast one! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yum, the french toast sounds wonderful!

  3. "Hey Sandra, how are YOU??" How about Ghost Hunter the other night..pretty scaaaarrrryyy...LOL!!
    You make cooking look so easy..."what is your secret dear??" Come check out yesterday's post..i was being quite silly, and you need to take the quiz, i posted!!
    "Have a Wonderful Weekend!!"

  4. MmmMM. French toast from a baguette. SOunds delicious!

    I would like to eat that bread, but I must admit, it is highly unlikely that I would make it.

  5. I love your template, and that French toast looks divine! Thanks!

  6. Yeah! I love recipes that are not the norm for my family. Thank you!

  7. Ohhhh I have not been by for a couple days and just saw your new look!! I LOVE IT!!!! Looks great!! And I love all the new recipes. I have to get some more recipe cards to keep up with all the yummy things I have found on all these blogs. Thanks for sharing!!!

  8. I will have to try your recipes, they look delicious!

    Hope you love the Messy Snowballs!

  9. I remember your recipes from last year. These look just as good. Thanks!

  10. Sandra- These recipes sounds wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing! Can't wait to try these out.

  11. Hi Sandra! First time here! I saw your link on Overwhelmed with Joy, and I was interested because it said Portuguese recipes, love all of them, we usually have rabanadas for Christmas, it's a tradition with my husband's family. And Caldo Verde is just sooo good!

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  13. Rabanadas looks lovely - I shall definately have to try some of this. Thanks for your recipe!


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