Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Portuguese Peasant Supper

 I love peasant food. I love the simplicity of it. The fact that its homemade, hearty, and cheap! Peasant food is made from local staple foods, items grown from the garden, and that are plentiful in your area.

This meal brings back so many memories for me. I would stay at my Avo's house during the summer and she would fix us a boiled lunch, consisting of potatoes, eggs, and some kind of bitter greens - everyday. We would dress it simply with olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Sometimes she would mix it up by adding or substituting carrots, turnips, or red beans. She would basically use whatever she had in her cabinets. The other day, my mom brought me over a fresh bundle of broccoli rabe (or "grelos" in Portuguese) I knew just what I had to make with it!

I made my favorite combination of potatoes, beans, grelos, and eggs. Instead of boiled potatoes, I used some leftover red potatoes we grilled the night before. This dish may seem plain and uninteresting, but it gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the true flavors of each ingredient.

I find it very interesting nowadays, to see peasant food has been brought back into current food trends. It's really all about eating simply, organic, and local. In this case organic and local meant right outside in my Avo's backyard. 

Portuguese Peasant Supper
recipe by Maria S.
serves 4
8 yellow potatoes, peeled and cut horizontally to form circles a 1/2 in thick (or use any leftover over potatoes that are whole)
1 15oz can red kidney beans, drained
1 large bunch broccoli rabe, ends trimmed
4 boiled eggs
olive oil
vinegar (I used balsamic)
salt & pepper

Fill a tall pan with water. Boil potatoes in salted water until fork tender. About 10 to 15 minutes. Add broccoli rabe to the pot cook during the last 5 minutes. Drain and arrange on a serving platter.

Heat beans and small saucepan until heated through. Add to platter, along with sliced boiled eggs. Serve with oil and vinegar.


Lizzy said...

What nice memories for you!!! And such a beautiful, healthy meal~

Duxa said...

Hello Sabrina, I enjoyed reading your post, the foods bring us memories and it is always rewarding.
Your meal is simple and delicious, and can feel the taste of each food, and this is very good.
kisses from Portugal;)

Sue/the view from great island said...

Hi Sabrina---I'm reading your blog on my iPad and I almost passed by your post because I thought it said Pheasant! But luckily I realized my mistake---I love this dish! This kind of simple food really appeals to me, and the combination of flavors is completely new to me. I love discovering the everyday meals of other cultures, especially when they come from people who have experienced them firsthand, rather than through a cookbook, thanks!

Ellie said...

I love simple food simply cooked. Look devine :)

Tes said...

What a lovely memory! The dish looks divine!

Beloved Green said...

What great memories are behind this meal!

Sandra said...

Wonderful memories and I wound't mind that supper at all:))Beautiful, colorful and balanced meal!

Elyse @The Cultural Dish said...

I guess peasant food isn't so bad after all... it really is a fresh and hearty meal!

The Mom Chef said...

I'm trying to head our family back to a more simple lifestyle in the food department. In fact, I could even head to my back yard and get the eggs out of the coop if need be.

I wish I had someone to bring me the broccoli rabe though. It looks delicious. The whole meal does.

Lindselicious said...

What a cute post! I love simple foods like this as well. Somehow they are just so comforting and they always bring back memories...

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

What a great story of your memories! I loved this post!

Parsley Sage said...

Wonderful dish with a really cool memory too :) My mom raves about peasant food. We're Italian and she's got some great stories from when her mom and dad were kids

Torviewtoronto said...

healthy looking delicious meal

Sandi said...

How cool...Thanks for posting!

Camylla Leonardi said...

That looks simply delicious!! Every once in a while I make some food that reminds me of my grandmothers brazilian cooking. I feel so at home :) Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!!

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Terri @ that's some good cookin' said...

Sabrina, this meal makes me feel happy and peaceful. Peasant food is family food at its best.


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