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Caldo Verde Portuguese Kale Soup

Caldo Verde Portuguese Kale Soup

Caldo verde is a popular kale vegetable soup in Portuguese cuisine made in Africa’s Portuguese-speaking countries who share a common food heritage and language. 

PALOP Caldo Verde Portuguese Kale Soup
PALOP Caldo Verde Portuguese Kale Soup


Six African countries called PALOPs, their Portuguese acronym Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and São Tomé e Principe are Portuguese speaking countries. 

Ingredients.
1 cup thinly sliced chorizo sausage.
1 pound kale, chopped finely.
1/3 cup olive oil.
1 medium onion, diced.
3 cloves garlic, minced.
2 cups white potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced.
8 cups water.
Salt and ground black pepper to taste.
 
Directions.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil until slightly soft. Add all remaining ingredients and let boil for 20 minutes, until potatoes are mushy. Reduce heat, add kale and olive oil, cover and simmer 5 minutes. Serve with bread.


Why is the Portuguese food and language found on the African continent? From 1415 into the 1600's Portuguese traders were major trading partners with Native Africans along the pepper, gold and ivory coasts. Also the Portuguese traded along the slave coast and appropriated around 175,000 Africans and traded them to Europe and the Americas thus Portuguese is spoken in a number of African countries and is the official language in six; Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and São Tomé e Principe.


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Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

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