Cozido das Furnas is the true slow food, from Azores: cooked for about 8 hours at 70ºC temperature, inside a volcano. Once you tasted this you cannot forget the taste, for sure. Eating Cozido das Furnas in Sao Miguel Island is a whole experience, beside the dish itself, that is mouthwatering and healthy.
my experience eating
Cozido das Furnas in Sao Miguel Island
Where in Sao Miguel:
In the volcanic area of Lagoa das Furnas, in one of the many natural ovens. Furns is a wanderful parish in the green island of Azores, with lots of hot springs and volcano activity.
“Cozido” – meaning baked – is this particular dish that is cooked inside the volcano, slow
Cozido das Furnas is a stew made from different kinds of meat such as chicken, beef, pork, sausages and vegetables: you can find cabbage, carrots, sweet potatoes, kale.
All of these are placed in a pot and then inside the volcano, to be slow cooked for about 7,8 hours. The only thing that is added, beside the ingredients, is the salt. So no wateror other liquid, no spices, no oil or other. The flavor comes from the spices in the different types of sausages they add and the fat from the meat, of course.
So my experience started when they unearths the pots (around 12:00 a.m.) and then went to eat, of course. Some tourists are invited to see the process of putting the pots inside, then spend time in the area waiting for the food to be ready.
We went to Terra Nostra Garden Hotel restaurant
The meal itself started with some delicious breads and butter to spread, then a soup. No meal without a soup in Azores. Luckily for me, as I very much fancy the soups. Then we had the main course, Cozido das Furnas, of course and dessert.
Terra Nostra Garden Hotel is a great choice to accommodate, especially if you love the nature so much – the hotel has a beautiful Natural Park and also a healing lake with iron. So here you can take a beautiful wellness vacation. And eat whatever delicious Azores food.
So, if you are visiting Sao Miguel island in Azores and fancy this kind of menu, Cozido das Furnas is an gastronomic experience you cannot miss. There are many restaurants to offer this dish, each one with its own oven in Furnas area. That’s crazy, not? Yet so tasty.