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Day 18: Portuguese Bifanas with Piri Piri Pulled Pork

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Piri-Piri is undoubtedly the national spice of Portugal. Bifanas are the Portuguese National Sandwiches made with pork and so popular that you’ll find them everywhere in the country. I naturally said let's combine them and make "Portuguese Bifanas with Piri Piri Pulled Pork."


These Portuguese sandwiches are made of succulent marinated pork served in crunchy white bread. The marinade is made with spices including piri-piri, paprika, garlic, and white wine. The bread has a crunchy crust on the outside while being soft on the inside.


Bifanas can be served with a bowl of soup and fries for a full meal at lunch or dinner time. Or served with beer, for a typical late night Portuguese snack.

There are several variations of the bifanas Portugal sandwiches. You can add more ingredients to your sandwich such as eggs, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes or stick with the traditional one.

Each eatery that makes bifanas will have their own secret recipe for the marinade.



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The original Bifana Portugal recipe is said to come from Vendas Novas, a small town in the Alentejo region, mid-distance between Lisbon and Evor