With most of the world’s attention focused on the Olympics in Rio, it is a perfect time to discover some delicious Brazilian dishes.
So when was the last time you enjoyed a meal composed of Brazilian dishes? I am willing to bet it has been quite a while, if ever. Luckily I have sourced 4 Brazilian recipes from CulturEatz’s archives for you to try in honor of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. They are are mix of traditional recipes with a twist, a vegan version of a classic dish, a sandwich made with a tapioca crepe, and a refeshing drink made with Coca Cola.
Do you have Olympic fever? Are you glued to your TV every day or night to watch the comptetions? I don’t have TV at home so I am only catching glimpses at friends and trying to sneak some live streams during the day. My favorite disciplines are gymnastics and diving. What are you favorite Olympic sports?
So what are all the atheletes enjoying at meal times in Brazil? Brazilian cuisine has European, African and Amerindian influences. Typical local ingredients include cassava, yams, and fruit like açaí, cupuaçu, mango, papaya, guava, orange, passion fruit, pineapple, and hog plum. Rice and beans is an extremely popular dish, as are feijoada, vatapá, moqueca, polenta, acarajé and caruru. Cheese buns called Pão de queijo are the snack of choice. Sweet tooths will rejoice at the large selcetions os sweets made with chocolate, cocnut, peanuts and guava jam. The caipirinha is the national cocktail, made from Cachaça, an alcohol distilled from sugar cane.
4 Brazilian Dishes to Eat as You Watch the Olympics
Moqueca, a Brazilian Fish and Potato Stew with a smoky twist
The Moqueca dish is a very old Brazilian seafood stew. Here I added a Canadian twist with a dash of liquid smoke and lovely morsels of Canadian grilled smoked salmon.
Brie Brazil Balls and Lentil Loaf Tapiocas with a Brazilian Salsa
My tapioca sandwich came to be after I was challenged to make BLT WITHOUT bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. The name of the dish is pretty self explanatory;-)
Vegan Brazilian Feijoada
Feijoada is a stew from Brazil that is typically very full of meat. Liquid smoke and seitan (or tofu) add some depth of flavor and textures to this homage to Brazil’s national dish. You will not be asking where is the beef!
Brazilian Iced Chocolate
This beverage is a super decadent chocolate iced drink!
All of those look so tasty!
Maybe will have to try to cook some of these for my husband, hehe!
Thanks and yes I hope you try these recipes, he will enjoy them 🙂
I, once went to a Brazilian restaurant and I loved it! You made some fine dishes here Evelyne! Now you must start preparing for Tokyo haha!
Thanks and glad you loved your Brazilian dinner. Wow, Tokyo, I have 4 years to prepare
Wow I love those and I already made two on them before, Feijoada and Moqueca are amazing dishes and once in a while we make them at home
That is so great Raymund thaa you have made 2 out of the 4 already. They are so good.
We have been truly Olympic couch potatoes for the past two weeks!
Enjoy the last day Debra, it was a great olympic this time around I think.
A wonderful collection, they all seem so tempting to try. I’ll make sure to try some. Thank Eve.
Thanks Amira. Hope you enjoy them 🙂
These recipes all sound so good, expecially the iced chocolate.
Thanks, with the heat everyone likes this one best lol.
Delicious and lovely looking dishes! I’ve not tasted many Brazilian dishes but seen some amazing stuff in blogs.These are making me hungry, especially the stew.
Thank you Sonali. I am just about to see the final 200m with Usain who may break a world record a 3 rd time in a row, so exciting! Hope you try a Brazilian dish soon!
Wow, Evelyne! It all looks fantastic, I haven’t made Brazilian food and need to after seeing this, especially the Moqueca. I’ve been watching the games off and on and need the food to go along with it! Thanks for the recipes!
Thank you Pam, I hope you try the moqueca, I love that dish. Perhaps check out my more traditional version a first time to get a more authentic taste http://cultureatz.com/moqueca
Lovely recipes, I think I will add the meat back in the Feijoada because smoke and meat sounds like heaven to me! The fish stew was quite interesting I must say, love your twist adding the smoke into the dish!
Thanks Prateek. I was surprised myself when curating that 2 of the Brazilian recipes had smoke. Funny coincidence.
I’ve only made a Brazilian cocktail—you have me beat by a mile 🙂 Your brie balls sound yummy! Perfect B for a BLT.
I only realized I had made so many when I checked my site, I was shocked too lol. Yep those Brie balls were darn good!
Yup, you’re right — it’s been quite some time since I’ve had Brazilian food. Like 20 years! And I don’t think I’ve ever made a Brazilian dish. Time to get cracking! You have some wonderful suggestions — thanks!
Wow 20 years, time to change that. I would be afraid to do a list of all countries and see when or if I ever tried their food.
I’m watching when I can as well but the time difference doesn’t help much. I think the chocolate drink will be top of my list to try ?
I have been watching bits and pieces online. They may have reruns there. Yep chocolate drinks are always a good choice 🙂
I don’t know enough about Brazilian food. That drink has me really intrigued! 😀
Coke, chocolate,no bouncing off the walls after from a sugar high lol. it is yummy.
That iced chocolate looks SCRUM-DIDDLY-UMPUTIOUS! And I don’t even like chocolate!!!
I would swim in a bath of that cold iced chocolate drink….cause i is so hot and humid here. Hey might be good for the skin too ha ha.
Oh Evelyne…I sure miss these food…thanks for reminding me…but I need to confess that I have never had meatless feijoada…
Have a wonderful week 🙂
My pleasure Juliana. I ma pretty sure you will not find a lot of vegan feijoadas for sure, this was from a vegan cookbook, but it is darn close to the real thing. Have a great week!
I don’t think I’ve ever tried Brazilian food, thanks for the inspiration.
My pleasure Elissa, hope you get to try some soon.
I think I would really enjoy Moqueca! I’ve never really had a fish stew before that too with potatoes but it looks and sounds really good.
Thanks Rosemarie. I really enjoy it. this is less traditional this recipe with my twists. I added the potatoes here bout you could. I have to original recipe on the blog too.
They look delicious! The Brie balls with salsa is definitely my favourite!
Thanks Angie, and yep those brie balls we good 🙂
Yummy! Watching is always better with food! The delicious ones! Loving that Moqueca! 🙂
Thanks Nagi, I have made moqueca several times, really good stuff. It is rare I have a ‘go back to’ recipe.