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Fried Green Beans (Peixinhos da Horta)

Fried Green Beans, known in Portugal as Peixinhos da Horta, are a centuries old dish with tons of history that are easy to make and totally delicious. Peixinhos da Horta were initially made on Portuguese ships as a method of keeping the vegetables from going bad. These deliciously fried green beans were introduced in Portuguese travels to Japan and became the inception for what is now known as Japanese Tempura cooking. With the addition of some simple ingredients to flavor the green beans, these crunchy little fried green beans are the perfect snack, and great for serving when guests are around.
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Pork Rinds (Torresmos)

Pork Rinds, or Torresmos as they are known in Portugal, are a very traditional and popular delicacy. They are unbelievably rich and flavorful pork rinds that are fried to golden perfection. They are quite simple and easy to make, perfect for serving when guests are around as appetizers or even as a complementary side dish.
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Tremoços (Lupini Beans)

In Portugal, tremoços are the perfect snack. Tremoços, or Lupini Beans, are signature Portuguese small bite-size salty treats that are perfect for any occasion, and great for storing and eating whenever you have guests around. They are especially great when serving with a beer. While the ingredients and directions are very simple, tremoços take a bit of patience to make as they must be prepared over a couple of days in order to get the perfect taste. But when they are done, it is well worth the wait. Try it out and tell us what you think!
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Roasted Chestnuts (Castanhas Assadas)

Roasted Chestnuts, or Castanhas Assadas, are a Portuguese classic. Most typically roasted on open flames, castanhas assadas are a very typical food to eat in Portuguese cuisine, especially during the São Martinho festival celebrations. They are the perfect amount of soft, sweet, and savory. They are a super simple and easy to make snack that is always a great comfort food to share with guests. If you do not have an open flame to grill the chestnuts on, you may also use an oven.
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Fried Cornmeal (Milho Frito)

Milho Frito is one of the most signature and traditional dishes in Madeiran cuisine. They are deep fried cornmeal based treats filled with kale and other typical seasonings. They have unbelievable flavor and taste and are perfect when being served on their own or typically as an accompaniment to meat skewers.
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