Portuguese Especial: Caldo Verde! (Green Soup)
I had this meal on my first night in Porto while heading to a dig in Foz Coa, I had picked Green Soup almost at random from the menu, I was quite afraid of ordering some sort of tripe and eggs dish, which I really did not want!, and Green Soup sounded like the safest option on the badly translated English menu the little café presented me with, alas, I speak no Portuguese…well, no Portuguese I would repeat in polite company…
It was pretty delicious and left a small green stain in my memory, I knew it was vegetable, and I knew probably green vegetables, but what? which? and for a while it faded, until I discovered this recipe and I was reunited with lovely ‘Green Soup’!
I can promise Francesinhas and Portuguese Fish Soup recipes will be coming in the near future and then maybe something with Pork and Cockles, we shall have to see…
– Recipe –
1 Onion, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, crushed and chopped
5 medium Potatoes, in small cubes
1 Carrot (optional), chopped
100g-400g Chouriço, chopped finely (optional, the version made here is vegetarian)
1/2 a medium sized Savoy Cabbage or the rough same weight in Curly Leafed Kale, chopped very finely
- Fry the Onion, Garlic, Carrot and Chouriço on a high heat till the Onion is very slightly browned.
- Add the Potatoes, and top up with Water or Stock so everything is covered. Boil 25-30 minutes till the Potato is soft and then mash or blend the whole thing.
- Fill with as much Cabbage as possible and cook till it all wilts away (under ten minutes) them season with Salt and Pepper.
- Serve with nice Bread.