Brazilian cuisine is a bright blend of flavors from African and European influences. Here are three traditional dishes that capture the essence of Brazil’s culinary diversity and are a must for foodies anywhere.
Feijoada reigns as Brazil’s national dish, born during the country’s colonial era. This hearty stew features black beans cooked with various cuts of pork like bacon, sausage, and often beef or smoked meats, seasoned with bay leaves, garlic, and other spices.
Served with rice, collard greens, farofa (toasted cassava flour), and orange slices, feijoada is a symbol of communal dining.
Moqueca reflects Brazil’s diverse coastal culture. It is a fragrant stew. You can make the stew with fish or seafood (shrimp, crab, or fish filets), cooked in coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and dende oil (palm oil). Seasoned with cilantro and lime for a burst of fresh flavors. The stew is usually served piping hot in a traditional clay pot and it will leave you satisfied every time.
Pão de Queijo
These cheese bread balls are a Brazilian famous for their addictive taste and fluffy texture. Pão de queijo is a delightful combination of tapioca flour, eggs, milk, and grated cheese. You can enjoy these yummy cheese balls at breakfast or as a snack.