Cataplana is a famous Portuguese seafood dish, popular on the Algarve region. It is also the name of the special cookware used to prepare the dish that was introduced to the southern Portugal region during the Moorish occupation in the 8th century AD.
Traditionally made of copper, it is shaped like two clamshells hinged at one end and able to be sealed using a clamp on either side of the assembly. It allows you to cook in a healthy and easy way and has an astonishing presence at the table.
More recently some of the new Chefs have embodying the different trends of modern Portuguese cuisine and created new Cataplana recipes like starters, vegetables, fish and shellfish, meat and even desserts. The result? Brilliant recipes that combine tradition and innovation.