Brazilian cuisine is the set of cooking practices and traditions of Brazil, and is characterized by European, Amerindian, African, and most recently Asian influences. It varies greatly by region, reflecting the country’s mix of native and immigrant populations, and its continental size as well.
Brazilian barbecue or churrasco is a national export that’s become a worldwide love affair. A variety of meat, from prime cuts of beef to sausages, are skewered and roasted over embers of charcoal. The beauty of a churrascaria, a restaurant specializing in churrasco, is that there are so many options to choose from and the waiters will slice and serve straight from the skewered roast to your plate. Brazilian barbecue has become so popular that you can find restaurants in major cities around the world.
Feijoada is a stew of beans with beef and pork. It is commonly prepared in Portugal, Macau, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Timor, Goa, India and Brazil, where it is also considered a national dish. Additional meats, including sausage, may be added if desired.
Moqueca (pronounced moo-kek-a)
Moqueca is a Brazilian recipe based on fish, palm kernel oil, coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, lime and coriander. It is slowly cooked in a terra cotta casserole. This is a delicious dish and easy to cook.
Pão de queijo
Pão de queijo or Brazilian cheese bread is a naturally gluten-free bread made with tapioca flour, eggs and cheese, a popular snack and breakfast food in Brazil. These yummy breads are made with tapioca flour instead of wheat flour, making them good for people with an intolerance to wheat.
Acarajé (pronounced a-ka-ra-zjeh)
Acarajé is a dish made from peeled beans formed into a ball and then deep-fried in dendê. It is considered to be the most popular street food around. This fritter is light in texture and bold in flavor: the red palm oil (where it is deep-fried) and the unique ingredients in the filling make the acarajé extremely distinctive. If you visit Bahia, don’t forget to try it, it is especially popular here.
Quindim is a popular Brazilian baked dessert, made chiefly from sugar, egg yolks and ground coconut. It is a custard and usually presented as an upturned cup with a glistening surface and intensely yellow color.
Açaí (pronouned a-sa-ee)
This is a healthy breakfast bowl of frozen acai puree, bananas, and granola. Be transported to a Brazilian beach. This simple and easy açaí bowl recipe topped with your favorite fruits and cereal of choice make a powerful feel-good breaky!
Fried bar snacks
Beer, served so cold that chunks of ice stick to the bottle, is the drink of choice in Brazil. And an assortment of fried foods makes the perfect pairing, be it pastéis – deep-fried parcels of crisp pastry filled with melting cheese, or minced beef, or creamy palm heart –, or crunchy batons of manioc, bolinhos ‘little balls’ most often made with salt cod.