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Open cataplana
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Clams in a cataplana

A cataplana is an item of cookware used to prepare Portuguese seafood dishes, popular in the country's Algarve region.[1] According to The Oxford Companion to Food, the most famous dish made in a cataplana is amêijoas na cataplana (clams in cataplana).[2]

The cataplana is traditionally made of copper and shaped like two clamshells hinged at one end and able to be sealed using a clamp on each side of the assembly, enabling the vessel to function as a crude pressure cooker. Cataplanas can also be made of aluminium.[2]

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  1. ^ Portuguese Cooking: An Unforgettable Journey Through the Flavors and Colours of a Fascinating Country. Florence: Bonechi Books. 2006. p. 11. ISBN 88-476-0921-6.
  2. ^ a b Davidson, Alan (2014). Jaine, Tom (ed.). The Oxford Companion to Food (3rd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 150. ISBN 978-0199677337.