Thursday, 26 September 2013

Arroz de Marisco

Arroz de Marisco (Seafood rice) is a traditional dish of the Portuguese cuisine, having its origin at Praia da Vieira, in Marinha Grande region and was named one of the 7 Wonders of Portuguese Gastronomy.

As the name implies, the dish is made with various types of seafood. Amongst these are the prawns, clams, edible crabs, lobster, mussels and cockles. The seafood combinations vary from region to region, depending on the income, the availability and price of each shellfish.

The shellfish are firstly cooked, and with the juice result from this boiling, is the rice then cooked. In this broth, it is possible to add shrimp heads.

Prior to cooking rice, it is common to make a stew, which may consist of garlic, tomato, onion and olive oil. Then, the broth is added, and it is where the rice is cooked. In this phase it can also be added white wine.

In the end, when the rice is almost cooked, shellfish, previously cooked, is added with chopped coriander.



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