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What is the National Dish of Cape Verde?

What is the national dish of Cape Verde?

Cape Verde is an archipelago of ten islands located off Africa’s west coast that were first discovered by Portuguese sailors in 15th century. Over time, their inhabitants have created a cuisine rooted in both African and Portuguese traditions.

Cachupa: This popular stew from Cape Verde is made by combining beans, corn and cabbage with whatever ingredients are in season – be it fish, meat or vegetables. Not only does this nourishing stew provide plenty of nutrition, but it’s also an excellent way to use up leftovers!

Polvo A Modo Ze De Lino: Octopus Stew is a classic Cape Verdean dish, made with octopus, tomatoes, onions, garlic, oil and hot peppers. A tasty alternative to cachupa that can be served alongside rice and beans (jagacida).

Resolois: These potato and kavala croquettes are a beloved snack in Cape Verde, usually fried and sprinkled with chilli powder for flavor.

Caldo Verde: From Cape Verde comes this delicious Portuguese kale soup. You can serve it as either a meal or appetizer and it pairs perfectly with linguica and chourico sausages!

Malagueta: This fiery red pepper is a staple in Cape Verdean kitchens. Use it to add extra flavor to dishes or use as a sauce on grilled fish, pork and chicken.

Goat Cheese with Papaya Jam is a beloved dessert in Cape Verde, especially when made from homemade goat’s cheese. The sticky sweet jam pairs perfectly with the salty, crumbly cheese for an irresistible combination that should not be missed when enjoyed together.

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