Recipe: Matt McConnell’s Portuguese Mussel Cataplana

The name of this dish comes from the unique copper pan in which it is cooked.

Available on every street corner in Portugal, the pan features two copper bowls connected by a hinge and a clasp.

The cataplana is filled with ingredients, closed and heated over a stove. It is then opened at the table, releasing a cloud of steam and the incredible aromas of the finished dish.