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Prawns with Açorda (Savory Bread Porridge)

Prawns with Açorda (Savory Bread Porridge)


  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 lemon, halved

  • Salt

  • 6 cups torn stale bread

  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1 large egg (optional)

  • 20 prawns or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined


Fill a medium pot with water and add the bay leaf, juice of 1/2 lemon and both lemon halves. Bring to a boil.

In another pot, bring 1 quart water to a boil. Salt the water and add the bread, stirring and mashing until a thick porridge forms, about 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the garlic, cilantro and EVOO. In a small bowl, beat the egg, if using, then stir into the bread porridge.

Add the prawns to the boiling lemon water and season with salt. Cook until pink and firm, 3-4 minutes; drain.

Serve the stew in shallow bowls and top each with 5 prawns.