Essential Brazilian Dishes, Part 1
If you haven’t heard all the fuss about the upcoming Olympics in Rio, you must be living under a very large rock. To celebrate the distinctive and beautiful culture of Brazil, in honour of the Olympic Games, we’re taking a look at the essential Brazilian dishes for you to put on your food bucket list.
Otherwise known simply as “Brazilian barbecue,” in layman’s terms, there’s not much else like this sticky, melt-in-your-mouth tender cooking style. Meats are slow cooked under they’re bubbling with juices, then served on sword-like spits and theatrically sliced off. Throw in an amazing assortment of flavoursome sides and condiments, and you’ve got yourself a feast.
In Brazil they do amazing things with the humble, woody root known as cassava. Cassava chips have the texture of fried polenta, with a satisfying crunch on the outside and soft, steamy insides. Cassava flour can also be fried into a wonderful dish named farofa, which is served with beans and rice.
This savoury street food looks a bit like a teardrop-shaped donut, but bite into it and you’ll discover a creamy pulled chicken filling. They’re a perfect finger food for entertaining, or to grab on the go. The best ones use Brazil’s signature Catupiry cheese for that amazing blend of crunchy and creamy.
- Moqueca de Camaroes
This prawn stew may seem very simple, but it is the complex balance of flavours – nutty coconut milk, sharp onions and peppers, fragrant coriander, and sparkling citrus – that make it such a Brazilian favourite. The best part is that you can easily make it at home, and enjoy it to your heart’s content.
Is there any combination heartier than black beans and sausage? This incredible concoction is almost like a gumbo, combining black beans with chunky, tender beef and sausage. Throw in some unique Brazilian flavours, and after trying this you’ll never want anything else. Often this dish will contain carne seca, a kind of mouth-watering South American dried beef.