Mr. iCook is away in southeast Massachusetts. While most people associate this area with its abundant seafood those who travel there quickly find out that Portuguese food is very popular. In fact, there is more Portuguese inspired food to be found in restaurants than almost anything else.

This area of the country was settled by families from Portugal many generations ago and the food is delicious. It’s flavors are inspired by easy access to seafood, and seasonings such as garlic, olives and wine.

Portugal’s rugged terrain cannot support large herds of cattle, but pork is in abundance throughout the country. This week’s recipes are a pork with lemon and green beans in tomato sauce. This is a popular Portuguese stew in which the meat is flavored with lemon juice and garlic - often half a cup or so of a dry Portuguese wine is added too.


Although you will need to marinate in for eight hours, iCook suggests doing so in the morning and cook the dish for dinner in about 30 minutes. The vegetables take about 15 - 20, so this makes a great meal for a busy week night. Live, laugh, love and eat well!

Portuguese Pork with Lemon

For colorful service, garish the finished dish with sliced oranges and lemon wedges.

6 Servings

  • 2 pounds pork boneless shoulder
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup pitted ripe olives

Trim fat from pork; cut pork into ¾-inch cubes. Toss pork, garlic, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon oil, the salt, cumin, and red peppers in glass or plastic bowl. Cover and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, at least 8 hours.

Remove pork from marinade; reserve any remaining marinade. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in skillet until hot. Cook and stir pork in oil over medium heat until liquid has evaporated and pork is brown; drain. Add water and reserved marinade. Cover and simmer until pork is tender, about 30 minutes. (Add water if necessary.) Stir in olives. Serve with Green Beans in Tomato Sauce (recipe shown below) and hot cooked rice if desired.


Green Beans in Tomato Sauce

Green beans with tomatoes and herbs are a popular vegetable combination in Portugal and in the Basque region of northern Spain, where they are often served with fried eggs and country sausage.

6 Servings

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ pounds green beans, cut into 3-inch pieces (about 5 cups)
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup snipped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • grated parmesan cheese

Cook and stir onion and garlic in oil in 3-quart saucepan until onion is tender. Add remaining ingredients except cheese. Cover and simmer over low heat until beans are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese.

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