Traditional Madeira Food
Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Madeira is complete without tasting the traditional Madeira food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Madeira to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Bifanas: marinated pork medallions fried in olive oil.
- Bolo de Caco: festive flat bread made of flour, yeast, sweet potatoes, water, salt and sugar.
- Broa Doce: sweet bread made of flour, milk, sugar, cornmeal, eggs, water, yeast, butter and salt.
- Linguica Quiche: Portuguese pie made of linguica, butter, diced onions, beaten eggs, cream, Swiss cheese, cayenne peppers and salt.
- Caldo Verde: soup containing potatoes, onions, kale, garlic, salt, and olive oil.
- Canja de Galinha (Chicken Soup): native soup made of chicken meat, onion and rice.
- Tomate e Cebola: tomato and onion soup containing also garlic, olive oil, savory, eggs, black pepper, salt and flour.
- Orange and Fennel Salad: raw salad made of oranges, fennel bulbs, red onions, olive oil, wholegrain mustard, wine vinegar, red pepper and salt.
- Pistachio salad: sweet-tasting dessert salad made from pistachio pudding, canned fruit and Cool Whip.
- Bacalhau: dried and salted codfish used as the main ingredient in diverse native dishes.
- Bif de Atum (Tuna Steak): marinated fresh tuna steaks fried in olive oil.
- Caldeirada: stew consisting of a large variety of fish, and sometimes shellfish, with potatoes, tomatoes and onions.
- Carne de Vinha d' Alhos: festive dish made of meat, wine and garlic.
- Chicken Piri Piri: barbecued or grilled chicken, preliminarily marinated in piri piri sauce.
- Cozido Madeirense: lean salted pork, water, sweet and ordinary potatoes, carrots, turnips, zucchini, cabbage, thyme, couscous, savory, salt and pepper.
- Espada: fried coated black scabbard fillets served with bananas, boiled potatoes, sautéed spinach salad and sliced tomatoes.
- Espetada: chunks of beef rubbed in garlic and salt, skewered onto bay leaf sticks with vegetables and grilled.
- Grilled Lapas: limpets covered with butter and garlic and fried on a very hot pan.
- Milho Frito: water, cornmeal, garlic cloves, olive oil and salt porridge, refrigerated, cubed and then fried.
- Picado: cubes of meat seasoned with minced garlic, salt and pepper and fried in olive oil.
- Bolo de Mel (Honey cake): traditional honey cake.
- Pudim de Maracuja (Passionfruit pudding): pudding made of ripe passionfruit and passionfruit juice, eggs, sugar, milk, natas, cornstarch and butter.
- Queijadinha: sweets consisting of grated coconut and cheese, sweetened condensed milk, sugar, butter and egg yolks.
- Galão: a hot drink from Portugal made of espresso and foamed milk.
- Ginjinha: liqueur made by infusing ginja berries in alcohol and adding sugar together with other ingredients.
- Madeira Wine: fortified Portuguese wine produced in a variety of styles ranging from dry wines to sweet wines.
- Nikita: cocktail made of vodka, lemon or lime juice, triple sec and ice.
- Pe de cabra: cocktail made of Madeira dry wine, dark beer, citrus zest, grated chocolate, egg yolks, sugar cane, nutmeg and ice cubes.
- Poncha: alcoholic cocktail made of water, whiskey, honey, sugar and lemons.
- Tropical Sangria: strong cocktail consisting of wine, brandy, soda, orange juice, sometimes vodka and diverse fruits.
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