Petisco (pronounced peteescoo) is the Portuguese word for tapa. There are three very popular petiscos in Portugal. The first is the “bolo de bacalhau,” a fantastic creation that combines some of Portugal’s favorite ingredients–codfish, potatoes, onions, and parsley– into a single bite. The second is the “rissol,” a half-moon-shaped delicacy made with breaded pastry and a shrimp or berbigão filling. The third is the “croquete,” a cylinder of ground meat, delicately spiced, first coated with egg and bread crumbs and then fried.
These finger foods are the perfect foil for a glass of great Portuguese red wine. Combine them with tomato rice, and you’ll have a very satisfying meal.
The attentive reader will notice that there’s a fourth petisco in the photo. Well, the three musketeers were also four. The triangular-shaped “chamuça” is the D’Artagnan of petiscos. Inspired by Indian cuisine, it adds spice and excitement to the meal.
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Ummm! I am going to take this picture with me when I have lunch today at the cafeteria.
The chamuça are my favorite to eat at the cafe. The rissois are my favorite to buy from the store and eat at home, and the bolos de bacalhau are what I enjoy making at home from scratch the most 😀
Päo ralado em inglês é bread crumbs…näo crums…e as chamuças näo pertencem à cozinha nem aos petiscos portugueses…isso pertence à cozinha Indiana…o seu a seu dono….
In India the samosas are made with potatoes. What are chamucas made of?
This is so interesting 🙂