Entered for safe-keeping, when I want the authentic version of this important and frequently used ingredient in Portuguese dishes: I admit that I am more likely to buy this than make this. This came from Ana Patuleia Ortins' "Portuguese Homestyle Cooking". This takes about 4-5 days, and the 2 cups will keep several months in the refrigerator when stored as directed, as the salt acts as a preservative. DO NOT ADD GARLIC to this preserved paste, but instead use fresh garlic recipes that call for pepper paste. Sterilized baby-food jars may also be used.
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- 1Set a colander inside a large noncorrosive pan or dish with sides. (You may also use a wooden produce crate with narrow spaces between the slats found at a local produce market as a colander; you would be half-way to Portugal in your mind, at least.).
- 2Pour a 1-inch layer of salt into the colander to form the base. Some salt will seep out.).
- 3Place a layer of peppers, skin side up, on the salt, pressing the peppers into the salt. UNCURL EVEN THE SMALLEST PART OF THE PEPPER, otherwise mold will form.
- 4Cover with a 1/2-inch layer of salt and the remaining peppers, ending with another 1/2-inch layer of salt. Place a heavy dish or bowl on top to weight it down.
- 5Let stand for up to 5 days to allow the moisture to drain from the peppers. After the fourth day, the peppers should be thinner, about 1/4-inch or less. The salt will be damp and the amount of liquid draining will be barely a trickle.
- 6Shake off the excess salt and process the peppers briefly with either a hand-cranked grinder, food processor, or blender. The texture will not be smooth -- more like coarsely ground tomatoes.
- 7Fill the sterilized jars, leaving about an inch at the top. Pour olive oil over the top to a depth of 1/2 inch. Close the jar tightly and refrigerate.
- 8To use massa de pimentão, simply push aside the congealed olive oil with a spoon, remove what you need, replacing the oil and adding more, if necessary. Use sparingly.
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Nutritional Facts for Portuguese Sweet Red Pepper Paste (Massa De Pimentão)
Serving Size: 1 (189 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 16
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 72.3
- Calories from Fat 61
- Total Fat 6.8 g
- Saturated Fat 0.9 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 55115.6 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 2.4 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
- Sugars 1.7 g
- Protein 0.4 g
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