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Cerdos ibéricos



SIf we had to mention each and every one of the myriad dishes to be savoured in the local towns and villages here, the pot would be overflowing on this website. Each village, however small it might be, has its own specialities. The menus in most restaurants provide a combination of traditional recipes, often reinterpreted, with others of their own making.
In Almeida, for example, the highlights are cured meats and cheeses, as well as game dishes, such as Coelho à Caçador (rabbit stew) and Arroz de Lebre (hare with rice). Other tasty morsels include Cabrito (roast kid) and Borrego roast lamb), burzigada (based on pig’s blood), Açorda de Alho (garlic soup), and Salada de Meruges (watercress salad). The many different dishes made of salt cod attract numerous visitors.
As for sweets (doces), the highlights are Pão de Ló (sponge cake), Doce de Abóbora (pumpkin jelly), Marmelada, Doce de Tomate e Cereja (tomato and cherry jelly), Bola Doce (sweet ball), and Bola Parda (brown ball). Some of the more popular liqueurs are Ginja (cherry) and Jeropiga (eau-de-vie and grape must).
The wines from the districts around Almeida make a fine complement to any meal; for example those from Figueira in Castelo Rodrigo and those from Pinhel. 
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Cured meats are also at the top of the menu in the Land of Ciudad Rodrigo, especially a type of spiced bread sausage called Farinato, which has its own Designation of Origin. It is normally served with fried eggs. A type of pie called Hornazo is a bread-like pasty filled with pork, cured meats and boiled eggs. Justifiably famous are the Iberian cured ham, veal and vegetables from the fields around the city. Chick-peas, red and white beans, and potatoes are a staple in the local diet.
Sweet desserts include obleas (wafers), perronillas or perrunillas, made with almonds, and the bollón maimón or rosca (a type of doughnut), as well as natillas (custard).
The local wines include those produced in the surrounding areas and regions: Arribes, Sierra de Francia, and even the Sierra de Gata in Caceres.


Text and Photos: Juan Carlos Zamarreño Domínguez - Other images: files and publications held by the local councils of Almeida and Ciudad Rodrigo and by the Cross-border Consortium of Walled Cities [Consorcio Trasfronterizo de Ciudades Amuralladas].
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