Portuguese Night- Caldo Verde & Port

Caldo Verde for 4

Caldo Verde is a Portuguese soup made with potatoes, collard greens, sliced chouriço or linguiça (smoked Portuguese sausage) and olive oil. It originated in northern Portugal, but nowadays it is a national favorite. It can be had anytime, winter, summer, spring, or fall, and is complete as a meal all on its own. We recommend a little garlic bread to accompany the dish. This is a simple but traditional recipe:

1lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled

1 medium onion, peeled and quartered

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/3 cup olive oil plus more for serving

1lbs sausage (chorizo, linguiça or kielbasa), thinly sliced

3/4 bunch collard greens or kale, thoroughly washed

3 slices bacon, roughly chopped

6 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth, low sodium

Salt and pepper to taste



Start by cutting the greens. Just stack three leaves at a time and roll them like cigars. Cut them crosswise into very thin strips. Proceed with the rest of the leaves until all the greens are done. Reserve.

  1. In a heavy bottomed pot, add the peeled potatoes, the quartered onion, the minced cloves of garlic, the olive oil and the chicken broth. Bring it to a boil over high heat and then lower the heat to medium low and cook until the potatoes are tender and ready to be mashed (about 20 min).

  2. Mash the potatoes and bring them back to the pot.

  3. Using a hand blender, blend the soup until smooth. You can also use a regular blender and blend the soup in batches.

  4. Add the greens, stir, and keep cooking for 15 more minutes.

  5. In a large skillet, fry the bacon and the sausage until the bacon is browned.

  6. Add the bacon/sausage mixture to the soup and cook until the soup boils again.

  7. Season with salt and pepper.

  8. Serve hot with extra olive oil.

Port

Port is a sweet, red, fortified wine from Portugal. Port is most commonly enjoyed as a dessert wine because it is rich and sweet. There are several styles of Port, including red, white, rosé and an aged style called Tawny Port. While much of the Port we see in the supermarket is of average quality, there are fine Ports that are highly treasured for sipping and can cost several hundred dollars.  Real Port wine can only be made in Portugal.

There are many different official categories of Port, but most will fall under 4 main styles:

  • Ruby (Red) Port: a deeply-colored red Port which includes Vintage, Late-bottled Vintage (LBV), Crusted and Ruby Port

  • Tawny Port: a very sweet barrel-aged port with oxidative nut and caramel flavors

  • White Port: made with indigenous white grapes including Rabigato, Viosinho, Gouveio and Malvasia

  • Rosé Port: This is a new style of Port wine made like rosé wine with flavors of strawberry, violets and caramel

We enjoy port with heavy flavours such as Stilton cheese or rich, dark chocolate, but whatever your palate, port wine should accompany bold flavours, as that is where it is most complimentary.