How to make it

  • **It is important that the French bread is day old (hard), as this helps to prevent it falling apart and becoming mush once the sopa is poured over it).**
  • Cut meat into 3-by-3 inch pieces.
  • Place whole spices — cumin, allspice and cloves — in a cloth bag. (Brand-new, white baby socks can be used as the cloth bag. Just put the spices in and tie the sock in a knot.)
  • Boil meat with soup bones, onion, garlic, spices in cloth bag, wine, Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce until meat is tender.
  • Add cabbage wedges to pot and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Skim fat from top of liquid.
  • In bowl, place thick sliced day old French bread with mint on top. Over this, pour hot juice from pot.
  • In a bowl, pour sopa over thick sliced bread.
  • (Note: Worcestershire sauce is not used in all festa sopas; unlike this recipe, chicken base is used. These two differences make for more brothy-colored sopas, which is more like the sopas served in the Azores.)

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    " It was excellent "
    Sistabluesmoon ate it and said...
    It was fantastic! It took me way back to my childhood where my family would go to the Portuguese Festa's . I' inviting four of my friends over next week and we are going to make this, homemade linguisua, and ginger beer (starting w/the bug). These are all things I love!!! Puts a smile on my face just thinkin about eating this! Regraham I wanted to comment on how much I love your logo!!
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  • ylokos 9 years ago
    Ooh can't wait to make this for my partner- he is part Portuguese and we both LOVE to eat!
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