Azores Island is full of the volcano. The sleeping volcano would be more accurate to say. There is a lot of steam, geothermal steam. In the oven, you can adjust the temperature and see how it works. You can see oven functionality through its window. In a hole, you are cooking blind by volcano.
The stew that is cooked in a volcano is actually being cooked in a hole deep down in the ground. cozido dus furnas or volcano stew is the traditional dish of Azores Island.
The Azores is an archipelago, in the middle of the Atlantic. It is part of Portuguese territory. When you go to the Azores You know you have to eat cozido.
It is like if you go to Rome and don’t see the Vatican.It is like if you go to Rome and don’t see the Vatican.
It is about 80 to 90 years of history of cozido. In old times it was only feast activity or Christmas. And mainly for when the workers wanted cheaper cooking.
Using the volcano heat instead of gas might save money, but it takes a lot of patience to cook this stew under the ground.
This tradition has been running into families from generation to generation since old times. The preparation is always a day before it is expected to cook.
It always starts the base with hard meats such as the beef, the pork, pig feet, and pig ears, then there is layer of potatoes and all vegetables then there come layer of chorizo and the blood sausage.
Why do people put the old sausage on the top? So the flavor of sausage goes all way down.
At 4 AM people put inside the hole. It is slow cooking and it takes 7 to 8 hours.
It depends on what time of the season you are in. You have to have a lot of love for a dish so you can eat with a good appetite.
A little over one meter deep is enough to cook the stew at 1000′ C.
On general days, at Furnas Lagoon there are many concrete holes to receive pots.
In the old-time, cooking of cozido was really different. Back in days, it was just dirt. There were no cement holes. They used to make the cozido by just putting the meat in a table blanket and put it inside the ground.
There are also some people who do it in the old school. There are still houses in furnas with their own volcanic craters.
Some tourists use to cook their own cazido in a cement hole underground by volcano geothermal steam. This traditional dish from the volcano is appreciable.