Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Weekday Meal Wednesday... Caldo Verde


The Boy is Portuguese so the first meal I cooked for him was Caldo Verde (because everyone knows the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, especially a Portuguese man), a Portuguese kale and potato soup also known as green soup or grass soup.  It is a relatively simple dish that is very filling and warming.  Yesterday was the perfect day for some warming because of the freezing, sideways rain blowing every which way.  I didn't have the exact ingredients needed, but I was not about to haul my booty to the Portuguese store in Arlington to get them, so here is the revised version.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 lb or 2 large links of chorizo or linguica (or Trader Joe's smoked andouille chicken sausage)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 leek, tips chopped off, thoroughly washed, and chopped into slices (I didn't have the leek, but it really adds some sweetness and nice flavor)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8-9 cups chicken stock
  • 4-5 potatoes (I used medium sized red potatoes) peeled and chopped into quarters
  • 1/2 lb kale (I used collard greens because Giant didn't have kale)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
    1. Chop the chorizo into cross-wise slices.  Add olive oil to a soup pot and saute chorizo slices over medium heat until browned.  Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
    2. Saute onion and leek until translucent.  Add garlic towards the end and saute until fragrant (approx 1 min). 
    3. Add chicken stock, potatoes, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and let simmer for 15 minute or until potatoes are soft and can be pierced with a fork. 
    4. Meanwhile, slice center stem away from each kale leaf.  Fold each leaf in half, roll up and slice cross-wise to make the "grass".  
    5. Remove pot from heat and let cool a bit. Once cool enough to handle, ladle approximately 2/3 to 1 cup at a time into the blender and blend.  Leave rougher with larger potato bits for a rustic soup or blend completely for a finer presentation. (You can also blend with an immersion blender, but we packed our already)
    6. Add blended soup back to soup pot.  Bring soup back to a simmer and add kale and chorizo slices.  Simmer until leaves are softened, but not completely limp and still have bright green color.
    7. Salt and pepper for taste.  Serve with rustic, crusty bread!
      I love Portuguese food.  Usually simple, well done meals using yummy ingredients.  What is your favorite cuisine?

      Happy Hump Day!

      ~ Julie


      1. Yummy! I could use some of this right now! xo

      2. That looks awesome! I didn't know the hubby was Portuguese...I lived for two years in Brazil, I wonder how similar the food is? I've been told (and from my limited experience) that Portugal Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese are *really* different...so I'm wondering if food is the same way? I'm pretty sure I'm going to try this one out on the fam...(c:

      3. That looks amazing! I love soup and I love Portuguese food. I'm going to have to give this one a shot for sure :)

      4. I've only had Portuguese food once {Tavira in Chevy Chase - have you been?}. I can't wait to try this - maybe I'll make it Friday since it's supposed to be cold and rainy!

      5. @ Aubrey the Boy is not the hubs yet, although we have been dating for over 5 years. One of my sorority sisters was Brazilian and she and the Boy would chat in Portuguese. As a non speaker, even I could tell the difference between their accents and some of the words. I'm jealous that you lived there for 2 years, it is definitely a place I want to visit. Not sure about the differences in food, but I thinking a tasting trip is in order... you know for blogging research!
        @ Alena I grew up in Chevy Chase, but have actually never been to Tavira. Now that we'll be closer in Tenleytown, we'll have to try it. Blogger meet up?

      6. You're moving to Tenleytown?? I live right off the Friendship Heights Metro {near all that good and yet dangerous shopping!!}. Lets definitely meet up. Although, I can't say I was a fan of Tavira - the food was so-so and I just know that's not how Portuguese food should taste! Haha.


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