Cozido das Furnas – How It’s Made and Where to Eat
Cozido das Furnas is one of the most iconic and traditional dishes of São Miguel Island in the Azores. All the ingredients are placed in a pot, which is then buried in the ground near the Furnas geysers, with an average cooking time of five hours.
It has a unique and unforgettable flavor, characteristic of its method of preparation.
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How Is Cozido das Furnas Made?
Chef Pedro Rocha, invited by one of the restaurants located in Furnas where you can enjoy this typical dish, shows us in the video below how the famous Cozido das Furnas is made. A production by Bluebird Productions.
Ingredients for Cozido das Furnas:
The ingredients associated with Cozido das Furnas can vary depending on personal preferences, but typically it includes:
- 1/2 Chicken
- 800g Beef
- 500g Pork with Bone (Leg)
- 250g Bacon
- 300g Pork Chop
- 8 Potatoes
- 4 Sweet Potatoes
- 4 Carrots
- 1 Cabbage
- 1 Collard Greens (Couve)
- 1 Blood Sausage (Morcela)
- 1 Chorizo
- 2 Yams
How to Make Cozido das Furnas
On the day before, consider marinating the meats to enhance their flavor. Some people marinate them in a garlic and Pimenta da Terra.
You should start by cutting the beef, pork, and chicken into medium-sized and regular pieces, then the potatoes, chorizo, and bacon. In the case of carrots, cut them in half lengthwise. The cabbage and collard greens should be quartered.
Arrange all the ingredients in a pot in several alternating layers, following this order of placement: pork at the bottom, followed by beef, cabbage, collard greens, potatoes, yams, carrots, and chicken. On top of the pot, place the blood sausage (morcela) and chorizo wrapped in cabbage leaves.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Close the pot with its lid and tie it with a cord. It is recommended to place the pot in a burlap sack.
Once in the Furnas geysers area, in the Furnas Valley, you should request an available hole for the cooking of your Cozido das Furnas. After about 5 to 7 hours, your Cozido is ready. Enjoy your Cozido das Furnas.
Where to Eat Cozido das Furnas
If you only wish to enjoy this unique regional dish, you can do so in various restaurants in the Furnas area. Daily, these restaurants prepare multiple servings of Cozido das Furnas exclusively for their customers, with reserved holes for this purpose.
Due to the high daily demand, it is recommended that you make a reservation in advance.
Restaurante “O Miroma”
Restaurante do “Hotel Terra Nostra Garden”
Restaurante “Caldeiras & Vulcões”
Restaurante “Banhos Férreos”
Restaurante “Águas Quentes”
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