Ah the Boiled Dinner…. I think God invented the boiled dinner just for Sundays. If you want to talk about an easy and delicious meal we need not say more than one simple word – “Cozido” (or Boiled Dinner). If you’ve never made a boiled dinner out of intimidation, let me set your mind at ease because there literally could not be a less complicated, less stress free and less time-consuming prep time.
Growing up a good Cozido was always an option for Sunday dinner and it was such a treat. My mother would always get her biggest pot on the stove and fill it with this amazing piece of smoked meat, onions, cabbage, potatoes and of course meat. She would set it going when we got home from church and a couple of hours later we would have a feast.
The one and only downside to this is the price of the meat, at an average of $3-$5 per pound this 10+ pound piece of meat can get quite pricey just due to the sheer size of it. What you need to do is look for a sale as I did! I found a great deal on this one for $1.69 per pound and fed 10 adults with it! Now that’s a great value!
One of the best parts of this meal is that you can add in anything you like really. I see this one pot meal as Portugal’s answer to Ireland’s Corned Beef. It’s got a great flavor that when boiled with other ingredients is enough to flavor the whole meal. You can keep it simple as we do with onions, cabbage, potatoes and chouriço or you can add in carrots, sweet potatoes, turnips any hearty vegetable you like really. Just be prepared for everything to take on that yummy smoky flavor.
Pork Shoulder Boiled Dinner (Cozido)
1 10 lb. Pork Shoulder
6-8 potatoes, peeled (or not)
3 large onions, peeled
1/2 lb. hot Portuguese Chouriço
Place potatoes in the pot and cover with water. Place pork shoulder in the pot and cover with water. Add in onions, cabbage and chouriço. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat down and continue a low boil for 90 minutes to 2 hours. Remove mesh from the meat and discard. Enjoy!