A Cataplana is an item of cookware used to prepare Portuguese seafood dishes, popular on the country's Algarve region. It is traditionally made of copper and shaped like two clamshells hinged at one end and able to be sealed using a clamp on either side of the assembly.
Cataplana is also the name of the dish that is usually made in it. The main ingredient of the Cataplana dish is all kinds of seafood: fish, clams, shrimps, scallops, prawns, mussels and others. Sometimes to the dish are added some pork meat or Portuguese sausages. The seafood is first simmered with some onions, garlic, chili, oil, some vinegar or lemon juice and herbs. Then the dish is put into an oven. Cataplana is served right into the clamshells and is most delicious.
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