Pan of the Portuguese Shepherd

If you are looking for a hearty meal, perhaps for those evenings after a hard work out, then this pan of the Portuguese shepherd - potatoes mixed with sheep's milk cheese and bell peppers - might just be the right thing for you.

Pan of the Portuguese Shepherd

This is another "easy" recipe from my days as a student. While not suitable for a ketogenic diet, as potatoes are very rich in carbohydrates, it is in a gray area when it comes to being "paleo" - it all comes down to your own metabolism.

Remember Samwise Gamgee from the Lord of the Rings? He loves starchy meals, especially potatoes: “Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew!”, yet, even though the courageous hobbit walks all the way from Middle-Earth to Mordor, taking detours over mountains and dangerous swamps, to climb up Mount Doom - without losing a single pound! And let us not forget that Samwise was a gardener, he was not one shy of hard and honest work, yet his metabolism wasn't made to eat carbohydrates. Thus you have to ask yourself, are you like Samwise Gamgee? If yes, don't eat too many potatoes!

If you are looking for a hearty meal, however, perhaps for those evenings after a hard work out, read on and enjoy the pan of the Portuguese shepherd, potatoes mixed with sheep's milk cheese and bell peppers!


For one meal:

Measure Ingredient
200g Potatoes
1 Onion
1 Bell pepper (green)
1 Jalapeño (pepper)
1-2 Tomatoes
125g-200g (to your liking) Sheep's (milk) cheese
Olive oil
Pepper and Salt
1 teaspoon Italian Herbs
1 Egg (optional)


Boil the unpared potatoes in water until they are soft (use a fork to test the consistency - if they fall off from no other force than gravity itself, they are soft enough to eat). Let them cool down and cut them into slices.

Peel the onion and slice it. Wash the bell pepper and the Jalapeño and cut them into small stripes. Wash the tomatoes and cube them. Finally cut the sheep's milk cheese into cubes as well.


Heat some olive oil (I like to cover the entire bottom of the pan in olive oil) in a frying pan. Sauté the onion rings until translucent. Add the bell pepper and Jalapeño, as well as salt and pepper. Stew on medium heat for about five minutes.

Add the potato slices, let them roast for a moment before adding the tomatoes and some of the cheese. Stew for another five minutes on medium heat.

(Optional) Add an egg. Let everything stew until the egg has a nice consistency.

Sprinkle with the Italian herbs and the rest of the cheese.




Nutritional values

Calories: 560 kcal
Carbohydrates: 58.9g !!!
Fat: 30.9g
Protein: 17.7