Espetada is a traditional dish from Madeira Island, Portugal. Espetada is a barbecue made with large chunks of beef flavoured with garlic and salt. In the old days people would roast it in a laurel stick, so the meat will get the laurel flavor from the stick.
Traditional Espetada in a Laurel stick
Nowadays, as the Laurel Forest is protected usually people use Inox sticks to grill the meat and in that case you will flavour the meat with salt, garlic a laurel leaves.
The real Espetada, not the ones you taste at restaurants, will be eaten with local bread, usually “Pão de Casa”, a type of bread with sweet potato, or other typical bread like “Pão de Santana” with butter. You woul place the chunks of beef in the bread so it can absorb all the juices from the meat and you eat the bread at the end, after the meat.
Pão de Casa da Madeira
Usually, you will drink “Vinho Seco”, a cheap wine from Madeira with Espetada.
In the last years Espetada and Bolo do Caco has became the beef’s main dish in Madeira’s cuisine, so you can taste it everywhere.
Usually, in a restaurant, Espetada will be served with Milho frito (fried corn in English) French fries and salad. Join Bolo do Caco and a good wine and you’ll an awesome meal.
This is very good. Really good. But it’s not traditional!
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It’s easy to cook, it tastes wonderfully, and you learn how to do it so you can take it with you abroad.
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