One of the fastest growing cuisines in popularity is from a large country south of the Equator- Brazil. Brazil is a country that boasts both a very large land mass and a large variety of different cultures. Japanese, Arabs, Germans, and Italians have all contributed their own style of cooking to Brazilian cuisine. While many cultures have contributed different food specialties, the arrival of the Portuguese in the 1500’s has had some of the strongest influences. The Portuguese brought with them citrus fruits, sugar and many sweets that are still staples in Brazilian desserts and holiday dishes. Brazilian dishes also highlight eggs, and spices such as cinnamon, cloves, parsley, and garlic.
Brazil’s tropical and sub-tropical climates are conducive to the growth of a wide variety of fresh fruits and root vegetables. Fruits such as mangoes, papayas, guavas, granadillas, and pineapples are frequently used in both sweet and savory cooking. In addition to fruits and vegetables, many dishes use rice or beans as a staple ingredient- particularly since they are widely available and filling. Common meats include beef, pork, and different kinds of fish and seafood.
Two of Brazil’s most popular dishes are Feijoada and Caruru. Feijoada considered the country’s natural dish and is made with beans and fresh pork or beef. It is generally prepared with kidney beans, along with other vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots, and cabbage. The stew is usually prepared over low heat in a think clay pot and is served with rice and assorted sausages. A second popular dish is Caruru. Caruru consists of okra, onion, dried shrimp, palm oil and toasted nuts. It is cooked with palm oil until a spread-like consistency is reached.
While Brazil cuisine has several common dishes, one of the most popular to make its way to America is churrasco, or a barbecue originated in southern Brazil. It uses a variety of meats, pork, sausage, and chicken. The meat is cooked on a purpose-built barbecue grill that supports spits or skewers. It is common for the meat to be served straight from these skewers at the table in Brazilian restaurants.
If you are interested in flavorful meat and dishes that will leave you feeling full and your taste buds very happy, then keep an eye out or order catering from our Brazilian Steak Chef Cesar and his food truck Open Fire Brazilian. A taste that can’t be beat!