Seafood stew (in the cataplana) is a very typical dish from my country… we love our seafood and during summer we often enjoy a nice seafood stew. I know it may sound quite a hot dish to be eaten during summer but it’s so nice with a nice cold beer 🙂 Most of the time we it out as we have quite a lot of restaurants that specialize in this type of dishes. But we also cook it at home mostly for special occasions like birthdays or feasts. This was the case with me now. As I know I won’t find this particular stew in the restaurants here, I decided to cook it myself.
I mentioned before that we have a traditional pan back home called cataplana that we use for these sort of stews (check my other recipe: Cataplana of Squid). Last time I went home, my mum decided to give me a cataplana to make my kitchen a bit more Portuguese. And I put it to use again 🙂 But as I explained previously, you can make these dishes in a large pot with a lid that seals it very well. It’s important that no steam comes out because that’s what’s going to cook the food. And that’s it… you can easily cook typical Portuguese dishes just like me 🙂