Good food, good company and good conversation: those are three of the top ingredients for a lovely evening out with your best mates. But where to meet, exactly?
You’ve likely heard of feijoada, the classic black bean stew that’s made with beans and meat. But one thing you might not realise is that Brazil is known also for their very simple, yet classic dish of rice and beans, with or without meat.
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Feijoada is one of the most well-known and common dishes in Brazilian cuisine, and it has a long history, as well as many variations based on region and in-season ingredients.
There is perhaps no Brazilian street food more delicious and well-known than the world-wide famous coxinha. The coxinha is traditionally formed to resemble its main ingredient: chicken. The golden, crunchy outside of the coxinha surrounds a layer of soft dough filled with moist shredded chicken, tomato, onions, parsley, scallions, and sometimes different cheeses. The doughy pocket is closed off and deep-fried, creating a crispy, mouth-watering snack that can easily be eaten in three or four bites. In Brazil, everyone has their own way of eating a coxinha. Some people prefer to eat coxinha at breakfast. For others, it is strictly a lunch or dinner snack. Others won’t eat a coxinha without some red-hot pepper sauce on the side to dip each bite.
Pão de Queijo. The words may not mean very much to someone who lives outside Brazil, but to natives of Brazil, the words may as well mean “heaven on a plate”. This delicious cheese bread is a popular Brazilian breakfast food or snack that is widely sold at coffee shops, snack bars, and bakeries in Brazil. Pão de Queijo (also called Chipá or Cuñapé) has a long history in Brazil and is one of the most common (and most decadent) accompaniments that you’ll find at restaurants in their country. Luckily, Pão de Queijo has made its way into the surrounding continents of Europe and the United States and is becoming more and more readily available to hungry fans of Brazilian cooking.
Feijoada, a savoury black bean and meat stew, is the most delicious of Brazil’s national treasures. This famous Brazilian combination of beans and rice with pork pieces has been a served up in Brazil since before the 16th century. This delicious meal is made so often and with such enjoyment that it is widely accepted as Brazil’s national dish. This rice, beans, and pork dish is both a comfort food and a good, nutritious and filling meal whether you’re having a huge crowd to dinner or just an intimate night for two.