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With only four days until the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil (both its triumphs and its struggles) are on the international mainstage.
And the country's food is getting some of the worldwide attention it deserves, too. Because along with the 10,500 athletes competing in the games, there's expected to be an estimated 350,000 to 500,000 tourists visiting the city—and that adds up to a whole lot of people to feed (and they'll need more than yogurt, eggs, and oatmeal).
We're grateful that the Olympics will shed light on Brazilian food, a gigantic category—the country is just slightly smaller than the U.S., with over 205 million people and 26 states—with roots in the food traditions and ingredients of indigenous peoples, Africans, and Europeans. Because there's a lot we're excited to learn about it, too!
Below, you'll find a few Brazilian recipes you can make at home while watching the Games—and that you'll want to return to even after the athletes have collected their medals. (The selection is limited, but a good starting place.) And, beneath that, some Brazilian-inspired recipes, made with ingredients popular in the country, like cassava, mango, coconut, coffee, chocolate, beef, beans, and peanuts.
Let the pão de queijo begin!
Not 100% Brazilian, but good for getting in the spirit:
Empanadas are not Brazilian—they're Argentinian—but they remind us of Brazilian pastéis, small half-moon or rectangular pies filled with savory (or sweet) fillings (like ground meat) and fried.
Which must-try Brazilian foods didn't make it on this list? Tell us in the comments!