Another Portuguese Recipe Worthy to Know, Bôla de Lamego

Devaneios de Chocolate - Bôla de Lamego.JPGIf there is a great and suitable Portuguese recipe for any hour of the day, that is the bôla de Lamego. And what kind of meal is the bôla de Lamego, you may ask? Well, the answer is tricky because bôla de Lamego can be everything! You can eat it as a main course, serve it in a brunch and eat it as a snack or even in the morning with coffee.

Bôla is a kind of bread, and in this particular case, filled with pork meat. There are different bôlas recipes – some have eggs, others don’t; some are filled with fish (like for example, the bôla de Lamego with cod or sardine), but the most common and famous is definitely the one with ham – presunto.

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According to our (hi)story, the first appearance of this delicacy goes back to the year of 1139, after a successful battle in Ourique. Our first King D. Afonso Henriques summed a very important victory against the Moorish – a victory that had D. Afonso Henriques proclaiming himself Rex of Portucale, kingdom as a result (nowadays Portugal).

The city of Lamego, where later he was officially crowned, was not ready to have so many people for the celebrations of this triumph of the King, so the people had to create something fulfilling. Apparently, what came to the mind of the bakers was create a mix with flour and pork meat, baked in the wood ovens. Something very simple and easy to cook. Because of that, it survived until our days – probably with some modifications -, but still satisfying and delicious.

This tasty recipe doesn’t even need many ingredients: only flour, yeast, olive oil, a pinch of salt and meat – ham, chouriço or other parts of the pork.

To assemble the dough, it has to be kneaded the flour and yeast – previously mixed in warm water -, with a pinch of salt and butter or any other grease. The dough is ready when it doesn’t glue to the hands anymore. Then, the dough must rest in a warm place – near the oven for example -, covered with a towel, for at least one hour, so it can grow.
Para prepara a massa, precisa-se de amassar farinha e fermento de padeiro – dissolvido em água morna -, com uma pitada de sal e manteiga ou outra gordura. A massa está pronta quando deixa de se agarrar às mãos. Deve descansar num sítio quente até duplicar de tamanho.

Half of the dough is rolled out. The dough is greased with some olive oil and the meat placed over it. In my recipe I used ham – presunto and fiambre -, but is always possible to use chouriço too, or other parts of the pork – belly, leg…
Metade da massa é estendida. Pincela-se a massa com algum azeite e dispõe-se a carne. Eu usei presunto e fiambre, mas é sempre possível usar chouriço também ou outras partes do porco.

The remaining dough is also rolled and it is used to cover everything. The edges are closed up – almost like an envelope – to avoid the inside to spill out. If you want, you can spread some egg yolk over the bôla; this will add a golden look to the final result, making the bôla shine. I preferred to use some fine and good quality olive oil.  Attention! – the dough should not have more than 3 centimeters high.
A massa restante é também estendida e usada para tapar a carne. As pontas da massa são fechadas – quase como um envelope – para evitar o interior sair. Se quiser, pode ainda pincelar a bôla com ovo batido para obter um ar mais dourado. Eu prefiro sempre usar azeite. Atenção! A bôla não deve ter mais que 3 centímetros de altura!

The bôla is baked in a very hot oven between 20 to 30 minutes, or until it is with a crispy and firm look.
Leve a bôla ao forno bem quente durante 20 a 30 minutos.

Devaneios de Chocolate - Bola de Lamego.JPGIt is perfect to eat along with some high quality Portuguese red wine, or as I said, to eat in the morning after, with coffee.

This is an absolutely worthy Portuguese recipe to know and to taste! But off course, the best is the original, and that can only be found in Lamego 😉

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Se existe alguma receita Portuguesa que dê para comer a qualquer hora do dia, essa é a receita da Bôla de Lamego. Esta pode ser comida como refeição, ser servido ao pequeno-almoço ou mesmo durante o lanche com uma chávena de café.

Como alguns de vocês deve saber, a bôla é uma espécie de pão e, neste caso em particular, recheado com carne de porco. Existem várias bôlas no nosso País – algumas levam ovos, outras são de peixe – como a bôla de bacalhau ou sardinha, por exemplo -, mas as mais comuns são mesmo as de presunto.

De acordo com a nossa história, a primeira aparição desta iguaria foi no ano de 1139, depois da batalha em Ourique. O nosso primeiro Rei D. Afonso Henriques conseguiu uma vitória contra os Mouros – a qual levou D. Afonso Henriques a proclamar-se Rei de Portugal.

A cidade de Lamego, onde ele foi oficialmente coroado, não estava preparada para as festividade nem para receber tanta gente, e portanto tiveram que criar algo que desse para encher as barriguitas das pessoas. Foi aí que então os padeiros tiveram a ideia de misturar farinha e carne de porco. Algo simples e fácil de preparar. Foi assim que a receita foi sobrevivendo até aos nossos dias – possivelmente com algumas modificações -, mas ainda assim, delicioso, principalmente se for acompanhado de um bom vinho tinto!


Author: M.

I’m M., the baker. Mid 20’s, tourist guide by day, chocoholic and foodie by night. I love food and everything related to it. I decided to create this blog after discovering that I love being in the kitchen, get my hands dirty and create delicious meals and desserts. Once in a while and randomly I will post other things that I enjoy in life and makes me happy, but in the end, everything will lead us to food! :)

5 thoughts on “Another Portuguese Recipe Worthy to Know, Bôla de Lamego”

    1. Thank you! 🙂
      Yes, I have here a recipe with measurements:
      500 g flour
      350 g ham
      100 g butter at room temperature
      5 g yeast
      1 teaspoon salt
      And olive oil for greasing
      If you try it, don’t forget to share it! 😉

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