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Grilling espetada at a Portuguese community day in Petersham
Course Main
Place of origin Portugal
Region or state Madeira
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Meat
Cookbook: Espetada  Media: Espetada

The espetada is a typical Portuguese dish made usually of large chunks of beef rubbed in garlic and salt, skewered onto a bay leaf stick cooked over hot coals or wood chips. Other meats including pork and chouriço are also commonly used, but there are also other types like those made from squid but this is not a typical dish from Madeira.

The dish can be served on a skewer which hangs from a hook on a stand as it is presented to you.

On the island of Madeira it is a very popular dish with many differing kinds of recipes and meats used. Bay leaf is usually used in the countryside as well as the bay leaf stick as a skewer,[1] bolo do caco is usually eaten with it or milho frito, fried squares or triangles of firmly set polenta, to soak up the juices of the meat.[2]

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  1. ^ "Espetada - Madeira recipe". Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  2. ^ "Espetada madeira beef cooked on a bayleaf stick". Retrieved 2011-06-28.