If you love food, Portugal is definitely the place for you! Cheese is famous in Portugal and below we have listed the top 5 for you to try!
1. Azeitão (a favourite cheese among everyone!)
Like many Portuguese cheeses, using sheep’s milk makes Azeitão deliciously creamy! It is an extremely soft cheese, so you don’t need to use a knife! Moreover, this cheese has a distinct and strong flavour and you can enjoy it best on a baguette or a cracker! It is also made with thistle flowers instead of animal rennet, so those of you who are vegetarian can still enjoy it.
2. Queijo da Ilha
They use cow’s milk to make this hard cheese. It comes from the Azores, hence the name ‘cheese from the island’, however it is also known as ‘São Jorge’. It has a very strong, rich flavour and is delicious in sandwiches or alternatively, on top of pasta to add a bit of extra flavour.
3. Queijo Flamengo:
While this cheese is arguably the most plain out of all Portuguese cheese, it is still very delicious. It comes in packed slices, but also you can buy it in rounds in certain places as well as grated. Without a doubt, it is the most versatile out of these cheeses and of course this is great for sandwiches, and can be enjoyed with some ham.
4. Serra da Estrela
This cheese is one of the most famous from Portugal. Using sheep’s milk, it is from the Serra da Estrela region. This cheese is extremely gooey, and most commonly you eat it with a spoon.
5. Queijo de Nisa:
Using sheep’s milk, this cheese is a hard cheese. Using a vegetable rennet, vegetarians are able to enjoy this cheese too! This cheese has a slightly citrus aftertaste and is best enjoyed with some cream crackers or in a sandwich!
So, if you are interested in Portuguese food, check out our tapas tour for more Portuguese cuisine!