Gastronomy of Évora
The gastronomy of Évora, although part of the traditional gastronomy of the great Alentejo region, has its particularities, and some typical dishes of the district that can almost only be tasted in the restaurants of Évora.
Traditional cuisine is marked essentially by dishes based on pork, lamb meat, olive oil, bread, and the aromatic herbs that enrich them, and give life to dishes such as the Açorda, the lamb stew, The Soup and the Hunting Dishes. It also stands out the conventual tradition, and the confectionery based on eggs, almonds and Gila, as the grated bread (Pão de Rala), the soaked ones (Encharcadas) and the nun’s bellies (Barrigas de Freira).
Among the gastronomic variety of the district of Évora, it is worth highlighting dishes such as the Soup of bacon, the Fish Soup, the Soup of belldroegas and the Soup of Tomato.
Meat dishes are the strong gastronomic of the region, among them there is the stew of lamb, the Head of Xara, the little feet of Coriander Pig, the migas à Alentejana, the Sarapatéis, the Enchidos, the Cacholeiras, the hams barred with Olive Oil, the Açorda à Alentejana, the gaspacho à Alentejana and the Sargalheta.
In the sweets part, highlight the Soaking of the Convent of Santa Clara (Encharcada do Convento de Santa Clara), the Bacon Cakes of Arraiolos (Pastéis de Toucinho de Arraiolos), the eggs bundles (Trouxas de Ovos), the Cernelha of Montemor-o-Novo, the Honey Cake and the Queijadinhas do Céu de Mora, the Granadas de Vendas Novas, Manjar e Chocolate Pigs, Tibornas, Grated Bread (Pão de Rala), Lot Bread, Queijadas de Requeijão, Joana Cake, Évora’s Cheeses, Toucinho da Madre Abadessa, Évora’s Royal Towers and Rolled Wheat.
It should also be noted that matured cheeses, made from sheep’s milk mixed with goat’s milk, stand out for Évora Cheese - PDO (Protected Designation of Origin), matured cheese, with hard or semi-hard paste and slightly yellowish colour.
Of obligatory reference, are the Wines. The Évora Tourism Region comprises 5 of the Alentejo wine sub-regions of DOC wine (Controlled Designation of Origin). Near the city of Évora the production is made by the award-winning Cartucha Winery (Adega da Cartunha), with the wines Pêra Manca, Cartucha and Monte dos Pinheiros.