Brazilian Foods Non-Brazilians Need To Eat Right Now
Your non-Brazilian palate will thank you later. At that time, you’ll also thank me for writing this article.
Exploring these Brazilian delights will give those of us who aren’t from “The Land of Samba” a taste of the diverse and vibrant culinary scene in Brazil. Hey, at least you can pretend you’re Brazilian for the ten minutes that you’re eating.
Feijoada (pronounced Fay-ju-ah-da):
A hearty black bean stew with pork, sausages, and beef, often served with rice. It is considered Brazil’s national dish and a must-try for its rich flavors.
Personally, I think feijoada is a satisfying dish considering the heavy amount of protein involved. However, if you are not much of a fan of black beans, this dish will not be for you. But, it’s for me, and that’s all that matters.
Coxinha (pronounced Co-sheen-yuh)
Delicious deep fried dough pockets filled with shredded chicken and creamy cheese. These savory snacks are popular street food items.
Coxinhas are one of the most street food-like snacks in Brazilian culinary culture due to their handheld nature, which is a popular concept with many non-Brazilians, particularly Americans. Furthermore, they’re quite filling for their small size, so they can be a quick lunch replacement if need be.
Pão de Queijo (pronounced Pon-jee-kay-zhoo)
Addictive cheese bread balls made with tapioca flour and filled with gooey, melted cheese. Surprisingly, they are gluten-free
and make for a perfect snack or breakfast treat.
In addition, these are another item that non-Brazilians consistently go wild for. This is because Pão de Queijo is easy to pop into your mouth, each individual bread being roughly one or two bites worth. Plus, gluten-free! Once, I ate thirty in one sitting. Not a lie. Ask my wife.
Açaí Bowl (pronounced A-sigh-ee)
While açaí is a superfood, in Brazil, it’s enjoyed in a delicious bowl topped with granola, bananas, and other fruits.
What’s more, It’s a refreshing and energizing choice.
Fortunately, these have already become popular in The United States, but not popular enough. There are many sad and unfortunate people who haven’t tried an Açaí Bowl yet. Think of it as a healthy alternative to ice cream.
Brigadeiro (pronounced Brie-ga-day-dough)
Indulge in these sweet chocolate truffles made with condensed milk, cocoa
powder, butter, and chocolate sprinkles. They are a staple at Brazilian celebrations.
This one goes out to those who particularly enjoy fudge, but with a twist. These tiny rascals are yet another addictive creation from our friends down south.
Churrasco (pronounced Choo-haas-co)
Experience the Brazilian barbecue culture with Churrasco, where a variety of
meats are skewered and grilled to perfection. Don’t forget to try Picanha, a prime cut of beef.
If you are ever invited to a backyard Churrasco being hosted by a Brazilian person, be sure to attend. For instance, at these
“Grill-outs” you will encounter some of the best steak you have ever placed between your teeth. Plus, the Brazilian people at a Churrasco are friendly and the drinks/refreshments are typically flowing with ease.
Pastel (pronounced Pass-stell)
These crispy, deep-fried pastries come with various fillings like cheese, ground meat, or heart of palm. They are popular street food snacks.
With pastels, it is easy to notice that they put us in mind of empanadas. Additionally, You will also recognize that the folding and the flavor are different. I usually enjoy a cheese pastel but my favorite, when I find it, is a ground meat and cheese pastel.
Tapioca Crepes (pronounced Ta-pea-oh-ka)
Enjoy thin, gluten-free crepes made from tapioca flour and filled with sweet or savory ingredients like cheese,
coconut, banana, or chocolate.
Yet another healthier item, this time an alternative for crepes. Give it a try to discover if Tapioca Crepes will become your new culinary obsession. I am not responsible for your new obsessions.
Furthermore, In Washington, DC you can visit a Brazilian restaurant, “The Grill From Ipanema” to sample some of these delights: http://thegrillfromipanema.com