We asked Dália Soromenho, the chef/owner of Porto Santana in Alcácer do Sal, what alchemy made her pork and clams so magical. “I don’t give out my recipes,” she said sternly. “But I have to confess that I taught the recipe to Jamie Oliver when he came to the restaurant,” she continued with pride. “That is like telling everybody!” we argued. Dália relented and shared her recipe with us. So, here it is dear reader, the recipe for the best pork and clams we ever tasted.
Dália Soromenho’s Pork and Clams Recipe
Dália likes to cook this recipe with two cuts of pork: either “pá” (shoulder) of black pork or “cachaço” (neck) of white pork. The quality of the ingredients is essential.
First, marinate the pork cut into cubes with minced garlic and “pimentão,” a paste made of red peppers and salt. Then, slowly simmer the pork in lard until it becomes deliciously tender. The cooked pork can be refrigerated at this point. When you are ready to serve, fry the pork in lard in a frying pan over high heat. Place the clams on top of the pork and cover until the clams open. Cut the potatoes into small pieces and fry them separately. Add the potatoes to the pork-and-clams combination, season with chopped coriander and serve your lucky guests
“You’re welcome to come back to cook the recipe with me,” Dália offered as we said goodbye. We surely will!
Porto Santana is located at Senhora Santana, Alcacer do Sal, tel. 969 020 740.
5 thoughts on “Cooking pork and clams on the trail of Jamie Oliver”
The recipe is not a secret: this is exactly the way it should be cooked. You can also add a glass of white wine to the marinade; it is not essential but it is good. As with any recipe, the real secret is the quality of the ingredients.
…and the cook’s skills, of course.
Ugh this makes me miss Portugal. I think I’m overdue for a trip…
We hope you’ll come back soon to our sunny corner of the world.