Bacalhau a Bras is a traditional preparation of Portuguese cuisine. Football legend Ronaldo counts it as his comfort meal. Made with shredded salted cod fish and a few other common ingredients, it follows the cooking method called Bras. Are you aware of this culinary technique?
If you are a diehard fan of Cristiano Ronaldo, you must know what the legendary footballer loves to eat the most. Ronaldo's love for fish food reaches its epitome when he gets to devour Bacalhau à Brás or Cod à Brás. This exotic-sounding dish is a traditional Portuguese culinary fare. It's made with scrambled eggs, shredded salty cod fish (bacalhau), onions, and thinly chopped fried potatoes. It is typically served with black olives and fresh parsley. What makes it so unique that Ronaldo doesn't leave a chance to taste it?
Origin and name
Despite its popularity, the recipe's history is unknown. Nevertheless, a few believe it is supposed to have originated in Bairro Alto, Lisbon's ancient area. During a trip to Portugal, the name Bacalhau à Brás will almost definitely appear on the menu of many snack bars or restaurants. One of the most prevalent methods to prepare bacalhau is this popular manner. For the curious ones, the name Brás or Braz in English alludes to its inventor, a bar owner in Lisbon's Bairro Alto. Brás has since become a technique that can be used to cook various types of fish and even vegetables. It has an onion, garlic, and potato base that is held together by creamy scrambled eggs.
Bacalhau is the Portuguese name for fish, specifically dried and salted cod. Fresh unsalted cod is known as bacalhau fresco (fresh cod). Let's give it a try to make this iconic dish of Portugal.
Here is its traditional recipe!
Bacalhau à Brás
The salted cod Portuguese recipe, Image Source: Shutterctock
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