The temperature is heating up and so is another 2014 culinary food trend. The host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil, is influencing food service providers, prepared food manufacturers, and individuals around the globe to explore the country's native dishes.
Common Brazilian ingredients include coconut milk, grilled meats (beef, pork, seafood), and Chile peppers. Root vegetables, rice, beans, and tropical fruits such as papaya, acai berries, and mango score with the natives as well. These foods are found throughout Brazil, but each region has their own adaptations depending on the customs, traditions, and ingredient availability.
The following dishes have been winning the hearts of Brazilian natives for thousands of years.
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Acarajé – Deep fried black eyed peas and onion balls -- filled with Vatapa. (See picture, right.)
Pastel – Fried pastry stuffed with meat crumbles and a creamy cheese filling.
Salpicão – Brazilian-style chicken salad featuring chicken, apples, raisins, and mayonnaise.
Churrasco – Skewered chucks of tender meat grilled over an open fire for an original smoky flavor.
Empadão—Similar to an American chicken pot pie, but with a flakier crust and a thicker filling of fully cooked meat crumbles, fresh vegetables, and spices.
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Farofa – Fried cassava flour flavored with various seasonings and spices and is consumed daily by most of Brazil. It is used as topping or side dish, especially over beans, meat, and rice. (See picture, left.)
Savory Crepes – A balanced mixture of fully cooked meat crumbles, flavorful sauce, and cheese rolled in a paper-thin pastry shell.Feijoada— Black bean stew including smoked pork or beef crumbles and other seasonings. This is considered one of Brazil’s national dishes, so it varies greatly depending on the region of Brazil where its being prepared. (see picture, left)
Vatapá—Coconut milk, peanuts, palm oil, and shrimp are the basis of this rich, creamy paste served as a side or main dish.
Farofa – Fried cassava flour flavored with various seasonings and spices and is consumed daily by most of Brazil. It is used as topping or side dish, especially over beans, meat, and rice. (See picture, above.)
Pão de Queijo – Light, miniature cheese-filled rolls, most enjoyable when served warm.
Beijinho de Coco – Truffle made with sweetened condensed milk, butter, and coconut,
then smoothered in coconut flakes when cooled. (See picture, far right.)
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Brigadeiro—Beijinho de Coco’s cousin, with cocoa powder and sprinkles in place of coconut flakes. (See picture, right.)
Passion Fruit Mousse- A sweet, light and fluffy blend of passion fruit, sweetened condensed milk, and whipping cream.
Pizza is an international food, so it is no surprise Brazilians have put their own twist on this classic dish. However, it is vastly different from the pizza Americans consume. Here are is a brief overview:
Crust – very thin, similar to a flatbread pizza
Sauce – Thin layer to let other flavors steal the show
Cheese— Catupiry, a soft, tangy cheese, comparable to a combination of mascarpone and cream cheese
Toppings – Corn, curried chicken, eggs, hearts of palm, and potatoes.
Brazilians enjoy savory pizzas like the ones described above, but they indulge in dessert pizzas as well. Sweets such as bananas, citrus fruits, chocolate, guava paste, and dolche de leche are featured.
Brazilian Steakhouses, or Churrascarias, are a current restaurant trend in the United States. This isn’t your traditional steakhouse -it is more like a sophisticated buffet. Waiters are circulating around the dining room, serving churrasco. When your plate is empty, waiters come back to your table and offer more meat until you decide you are satisfied.
What are you going to do to capture this growing trend?
From citrus fruits to skewered meat to savory pizzas, Brazilians have an exotic, unique food profile. The 2014 culinary trend of ethnic food is well established in the food community, and Brazilian influences are on the rise. Whatever gold-metal idea you come up with, you can always trust it to the great people and products at Burke.
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