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The Ten Commandments of Portuguese Food

Christopher Arsenault / TSM
Christopher Arsenault / TSM

Whether it’s homemade, or at an authentic Portuguese restaurant, we know quality Portuguese food here on the Southcoast. But you cannot mess with the traditional cuisine, so we’ve compiled a list of Portuguese food commandments so you can avoid any sacrilegious embarrassments.


Thou shall not order a Portuguese steak without an egg

If you do, congrats – you just ordered a really thin steak

Thou shall eat the one red pepper that comes with the Portuguese meal, or thou is not truly Portuguese


Thou shall have at least 3 starches on your plate, or you’re not doing it right

Rice, Roasted Potatoes, Fries

Thou shall ONLY eat round fries


Thou shall only use mustard for a condiment with linguiça


Thou shall never complain about sodium – salt shall runneth over


Thou shall never refer to a carne de espeto as a giant Shish Kabob

Thou shall also need to know how to pronounce it properly to order, or else go hungry

Thou shall enjoy Madeira wine year round, not just at the feast


Thou shall not marinate meat for less than 48 hours


Thou shall know the difference between malassadas and fried dough


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