It's easy to fall in love with Brazil. The country is widely known for its Carnaval and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Traveling to the South American country also means meeting heartwarming people, enjoying great weather, and exploring a rich culture. The country also has vast gastronomy, thanks to the influences from different cultures, including Brazilian natives, African and European.
This combination helped to create unique dishes, and each region of Brazil offers different flavors. Here are some of the most delicious foods that can be found in the country.
10 The Most Famous National Dish
If a traveler asks a Brazilian what local dishes they should try while in the country, they probably say Feijoada. The plate is prepared all over the country and can be easily found in restaurants — It is a black beans stew with pork cooked for several hours, and it is served with generous amounts of rice, farofa (toasted cassava flour), crackling and shredded wild cabbage. Traditionally, Brazilians eat a slice of orange to help digestion after the meal.
Feijoada is a heavy dish, so people can expect to feel sleepy after eating it. The plate is often served on the weekends.
9 The Traditional Churrasco
Brazil is definitely heaven for meat lovers. They master the art of preparing the best churrasco (barbecue) by slowly roasting different types of meat on an open-flamed charcoal bed. They serve the meat by cutting it directly off the skewer's table side. The steak houses are all over the country, and they often have an all-you-can-eat menu, and clients can indulge themselves with over 20 types of meat.
In Brazil, barbecue is served along with farofa, vinaigrette sauce, salad, fries, and rice.
8 This Versatile Side Dish
Farofa is one of Brazilian cuisine's most versatile side dishes and another favorite among locals. Although it might taste dry when eaten alone, farofa is a perfect side dish for foods such as stews, as it absorbers the juices, so it's a great combination when trying barbeque, fish, and traditional rice and beans.
The dish is prepared with cassava flour and countless versions of the recipe. The most popular ones include bacon, carrots, kale leaf, and spices.
7 These Tasty Cheese Balls
At almost every Brazilian table, people will find great tasty cheese balls for breakfast. The famous pão de queijo has a crunchy crust and is soft on the inside, featuring a salty and tart flavor. It's prepared with two types of tapioca starch, aged Minas cheese, milk, and eggs. Although it's a traditional snack in Minas Gerais, the pão de queijo has become a nationwide tradition. Each family has its recipe, which can be found in almost every bakery and snack bar.
6 This Perfect Shrimp Or Fish Stew
The Brazilian seafood is also outstanding, and there is nothing more traditional than having lunch with a moqueca de camarão by the beach. The dish combines the many Brasil cultures, receiving African, Indigenous, and Portuguese influences. It's the perfect dish for seafood lovers, and it can be prepared with fish, prawns, or even a vegan version made with bananas. The stew is prepared with dendê (palm oil), which gives the moqueca a distinguish taste. The moqueca has different versions in each part of Brazil, but they are equally delicious.
5 The Mouth-Watering Combination Of Prawns And Cassava
Bobó de Carmarão is one of the most traditional dishes from Bahia, and it features the most beloved ingredients in the region: casava, coconut milk, and dandê (palm oil). Enslaved Brazilians created the dish, and it's prepared with cassava puree with prawns, flavored with dendê and coconut milk. Like most Brazilian dishes, it's served with rice, farofa, and salad. The plate is prepared in most cities, but travelers will definitely find the best bobó in Salvador and other cities in Bahia.
4 This Incredible Chicken Salad
Slapicão is another beloved dish in Brazilian gastronomy, especially during Christmas, and there are different versions, as each family has its own recipe. The main ingredients are shredded chicken breast, onion, carrot, corn, apples, and raisins, all mixed with mayo and heavy cream. Some people can also add grapes, potatoes, and other fruits and vegetables. Before being served, the salpicão is topped with crunch potato sticks. It's possible to find it in almost every buffet restaurant.
3 The Most Beloved Brazilian Dessert
Brazilians definitely have a sweet tooth. The most famous dessert in the country is brigadeiro, chocolate balls prepared with condensed milk, powder chocolate, and butter. Brigadeiros are mandatory at birthday parties and can also be found in bakeries. In recent years, chefs have created different versions of brigadeiros, using ingredients such as pistachio, guava paste, and peanuts.
The dessert is passionately defended among Brazilians. Years ago, chef Jamie Oliver declared he didn't like the brigadeiro and other Brazilian sweets, which has triggered the rage of many Brazilians.
2 The Most Popular Brazilian Snacks
The country is also proud of having many snacks, and they can be easily found in bakeries and street vendors. The most popular one is coxinha, a snack prepared with potato dough filled with creamy chicken. Other famous snacks are the empadinhas and crust, a small pie that can be filled with chicken, cheese, prawns, and other ingredients.
Regarding street food, Brazilians have also created their version of hot dogs. The sausages are cooked in tomato sauce; people can add ground beef, canned corn, quail, eggs, and crunch potato sticks.
1 Sweet Corn Dishes
Pamonha is a dish made of corn that resembles Mexican tamales and is widely popular in some regions of Brazil, especially in the Northeast and the Center. Brazilians prepare the dish using sweet corn paste and coconut milk and boil it inside corn husks. People can eat it as a snack or as a main dish. Corn is the main ingredient for other delicious dishes in Brazil, including canjica ( a kind of corn pudding) and mungunza, prepared with condensed milk and coconut milk.