Ana Patuleia Ortins – Portuguese Homestyle Cooking

Cook book author Ana Patuleia Ortins begins her cook book’s website; Portuguese Homestyle Cooking with a welcoming phrase; “Welcome to the flavors of Portuguese Homestyle Cooking. Traditional Portuguese recipes combine a blend of flavors and techniques of many other cultures dating back centuries. My book, Portuguese Homestyle Cooking, gives an overview of centuries old cultural influences on Portugal’s cuisine.”

When I asked the Author how she was influenced and why she decided to write a Portuguese cook book she responded;

“Like most Portuguese girls, growing up in America, I grew up with a vast influence of Portuguese culture from my family and other Portuguese friends. I had to learn to sew, crochet, cook and clean, etc, etc, etc. Eventually I became a medical secretary, and while raising a family decided to follow my passion and went to culinary school.
The biggest influence for the cook book was my father’s passion for our traditional recipes. I realized when my father passed away that I needed to record these favorites for my children or the real versions, as we knew them would be lost. After the urging of one of my brothers, what was to be a book for my children, became the idea to make a community book which then went on to be what it is today.”

Her original book was first published in 2008, but a new edition with a beautiful new cover was just released in 2011. The book has received great  Reviews including the following in the Boston Globe.

Portuguese Homestyle Cooking by Ana Patuleia Ortins


“Startlingly delicious…superb…Ortin’s meticulously assembled collection should be widely welcomed…liberally interspersed with words of wisdom from her ‘Pai’ and classic tidbits of folklore…extremely thorough, addressing not only mainland cooking but Portuguese-American variations and the distinctive styles of the Azores islands…Though often built from just a few ingredients, Ortin’s recipes usually yield spectacular results…. Longer more complicated recipes are just as rewarding.”
–The Boston Globe

Ana has many favorite Portuguese dishes. “I love Pork with Clams, made in the real Alentejo style with massa de pimentão (red pepper paste). I also love Bacalhau com Natas, – but I could go on forever.” She says.
Although Ana hasn’t been to Portugal in a few years, she longs to take a trip back to visit to her homeland along her family and her husband who is also Portuguese and from Graciosa, in the Azores.

You may contact the Author on her website with any questions about her recipes.
Free Cook Book Giveaway! … Sign up for Ana’s newsletter this month and just mention ‘Tia Maria’s Blog”. She will give away one cook book to my fans! * (Contest ended Sept 2011)

Thank you, Ana for the great cook book and for the following classic Portuguese barbecue chicken that we all love. This recipe is perfect for “tailgating” and to make “party wings”.

Frango Piri Piri – From Portuguese Homestyle Cooking (2008)

Variations of this dish abound, from the simple basting of hot sauce while grilling to the addition of other seasoning including whiskey and a mayonnaide type coating. Mine is a simple one that I have made for years. I hope you like it. You can use small fryer chickens but I find cornish hens are really tasty for this dish. the sweet paprika is a counterpoint to the hot chili. With a lighter hand with the spices, use the seasonings to flavor shrimp and the grill for Camarao Pir Piri.

Serves 2-4

1 tablespoon coarse kosher or sea salt

4 cloves garlic, halved

1 tablespoon sweet paprika

2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro or parsley

1/4 teaspoon ground black or white pepper

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil as needed

1/4 cup hot chili sauce (malequeta moida) or 1/2 cup bottled hot sauce

1. Toss the salt into a mortar and using the pestle crush the garlic into the salt forming a paste. Grind in the paprika, follow by the cilantro or parsley and the ground pepper. Mix in the wine vinegar. Drizzle in enough olive oil to make a mushy spreadable paste. Stir in the hot sauce of your choice.

2. Cut the cornish hens from the stem to stern, down the belly to open them up. Turn them over and cut along the back bone so that you cut each chicken in half. You also can just leave them butterflied. Place them in a non-reactive pan. Coat them with the garlic seasoning sauce and turn to evenly season them. Cover the dish and chill over night turning occasionally and at least once before retiring for the night.

3. Bring them to room temperature about 1/2 hour before cooking. Drain and reserve the marinade, you will need it for basting.

4. Place skin side up on the hot grill, basting and grilling for about 15 minutes. Turn the birds over, skin side down, and continue to grill for another 15 minutes. Stop basting about 2 minutes before the birds are done so that any raw marinade applied will have time to cook. If using a thermometer, the internal Temperature of the thick part of the thigh should be 165 degrees F. In any event, when cooking chicken, the juices should be clear. Serve with a bottle of hot sauce on the side for extra dousing. Serve with Sauteed Broccoli Rabe or turnip greens and fried potatoes.

  1. Hilda says:

    how do we sign up for Anas newsletter? i’ve seen her previous cook book; it was awesome! 🙂

  2. Hilda says:

    nevermind.. i figured it out! 🙂

  3. Angela says:

    My absolute FAVORITE Portuguese cookbook!

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