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A Brazilian Menu - Recipes For Traditional Brazilian Foods

Favorite Brazilian Foods


This collection of Brazilian recipes is organized so that you can choose from the categories and plan your own Brazilian meal. Choose a main course, pair it with Brazilian cheese bread, and you have a simple supper. Or go all out and make a traditional feijoada - the Brazilian black bean stew feast with all the trimmings.

1. Appetizers, Snacks & Street Food

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One of the most well-known Brazilian street foods is acarajé, which are fried balls of shrimp, black-eyed peas, and onions. Fried rice balls (bolinhos de arroz) are similar to hush puppies made with rice instead of corn meal. And be sure to try empadinhas de palmito, which are small empanadas with a hearts of palm filling. Coxinha are my favorite - chicken croquettes made to look like drumsticks.

Recipe for Acaraje
Recipe for Bolinhas de Arroz
Recipe for Empadinhas de Palmito
Recipe for Kibe
Recipe for Coxinha
Recipe for Risoles
Recipe for Pastel de Palmito

2. Main Courses

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Feijoada is probably the most famous and traditional of all Brazilian main courses. It's a black bean stew with smoked meats that takes a full day to prepare, so it's meant to enjoy over the weekend with friends.
Not surprisingly there are also many delicious seafood dishes in Brazil. Vatapá is a delicious shrimp dish with a rich cashew peanut sauce. Moqueca de peixe is a coconut fish stew that is easy to make and amazingly good. Cururu de camarao is a shrimp and okra gumbo, which can be made with frozen shrimp for a quick week night supper.

Recipe for Feijoada
Recipe for Vatapá
Recipe for Moqueca de peixe
Recipe for Cururu de camarao
Brazilan-style Pizza
Churrasco - Brazilian Barbeque
White Beans and Sausage - Feijão Branco com Linguiça
Lentil and Potato Casserole - Torta de Batata com Lentilha

3. Accompaniments

Marian Blazes

Pao de Queijo (cheese bread) is my favorite of all Brazilian recipes, and although these rolls are typically enjoyed for breakfast or as an afternoon snack in Brazil, I like to serve them with dinner.

Farofa (toasted manioc meal) is an essential condiment for many Brazilian stews, especially feijoada. And everything goes well with Brazilian-style rice, which is prepared with tomatoes, onions and garlic.

Recipe for Pao de Queijo
Recipe for Farofa
Recipe for Brazilian-style rice
Garlicky Collard Greens - Couve a Mineira
Marinated Zucchini - Abobrinha Marinada
Creamy Cornbread Pudding - Bolo de Fuba Cremoso
Cornmeal "Couscous" with Bacon - Cuscuz com Bacon

4. Desserts

Marian Blazes

There are so many amazing Brazilian desserts. This is just a partial list to get you started. My favorite in this group is the passion fruit mousse cake. If you don't have time to make the cake, serve just the passion fruit mousse. Quindin are also delicious little coconut flans that are fairly simple to make, and children cannot resist bridgardeiros, candy treats named for a famous Brigadier General who loved chocolate.

Recipe for Passion Fruit Mousse Cake
Recipe for Passion Fruit Mousse
Recipe for Quindin
Cuca de Banana - Banana Crumb Cake
Brazilian Carrot Cake - Bolo de Cenouro
Recipe for Brigadeiros - Brazilian Chocolate Truffles
Recipe for Pacoca - Brazilian Peanut Candy
Recipe for Sweet Corn Pudding
Recipe for Cashew Peanut Cookies
Bem Casados - Happily Married Cookies
Rainbow Cake - Bolo Arco-Íris

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