Gumbo's Pic of the Day: Jan. 15, 2014: Sopa Alentejana

Sopa Alentejana

 

This traditional Portuguese soup made a hearty meal for us at a station cafe in Sintra, after a full day of climbing around Sintra's Moorish Castle and Pena Palace. It's based on bread, garlic, cilantro and eggs and chicken broth. 

 

The name comes from the Alentejo region of Portugal, although it can be found in other parts of Portugal, with many variations. Like another typical Portuguese soup, Caldo Varde, the soup is not cooked. The ingredients are assembled, and then the broth (and in this case, the poached egg) are added, sometimes at the table.

 

If you're interested in making it yourself, here's a RECIPE.

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