Thursday, April 25, 2013

Patty's Favorite

It's hard to just pick one favorite recipe, but I guess if I had to pick one that is an actual meal, it would be Galinha A Moçambique. Mozambique is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest,Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. The capital city is Maputo. The area was explored by Vasco da Gama in 1498 and colonized by Portugal from 1505. Mozambique became independent in 1975, and became the People's Republic of Mozambique shortly thereafter. The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese. Portuguese food was influenced by their culture and vice versa, hence where this recipe meets in the middle. A spicy little meal that will leave you full and reaching for your water! This is also made quite often with shrimp instead of chicken. (Although if you make it with shrimp instead, I suggest using wine-Casal Garcia-in place of the beer)

Galinha A Moçambique

24 ounces of chicken 
1 medium onion, diced
2 Tbs. garlic chopped 
4 Tbs. butter, no substitutions 
2 packages Sazò n Goya-Con Azafrá (found in the international section of local supermarkets, it's the one with the fish on it) 
16 ounce beer (DUH!  Use Sagres!)
3 ounces hot sauce (I suggest Goncalves brand)
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish 

In a medium-sized pan, sauté chicken in two tablespoons of butter until cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside. 
Sauté onions and garlic with remaining two tablespoons of butter. Be careful not to allow the garlic to burn, as it will become very bitter.
Deglaze the pan with the beer, and return the chicken to the pan. Add hot sauce and simmer for two to three minutes, stirring occasionally. 
Add remaining ingredients, and simmer an additional minute. Serve over rice, pasta, or anything you like. We like ours with french fries and rice. Garnish with parsley and lemon if desired.

Let us know if you try it out and how you enjoyed it :)

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