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6 Brazilian Recipes to Cook for the Olympics (& Because They're Delicious)

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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).

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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!

Brazilian Cheesy Bread
Brazilian Cheesy Bread
Salmon Moqueca
Salmon Moqueca
Eighteen-Layer Brazilian Guava Cake Roll (Bolo de Rolo)
Eighteen-Layer Brazilian Guava Cake Roll (Bolo de Rolo)
Brigadeiro (The Favorite Brazilian Sweet)
Brigadeiro (The Favorite Brazilian Sweet)
Açaí Bowl
Açaí Bowl
Blackberry Caipirinha
Blackberry Caipirinha

Not 100% Brazilian, but good for getting in the spirit:

Empanadas are Little Pockets for All Your Leftovers
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Empanadas are Little Pockets for All Your Leftovers

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.

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Cowboy Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce

Cowboy Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce by Aliwaks

Herbed Beef Skewers with Horseradish Cream

Herbed Beef Skewers with Horseradish Cream by Oui, Chef

Dark Chocolate & Coconut Bites.
Dark Chocolate & Coconut Bites.
The Nonsensical Hot Peppercorn Peanut Brittle
The Nonsensical Hot Peppercorn Peanut Brittle
Cassava Flour: A Great Grain-Free Baking Option, With Some Caveats

Cassava Flour: A Great Grain-Free Baking Option, With Som... by Jennifer Perillo

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Dark Chocolate Brownies

Dark Chocolate Brownies by Jennifer Perillo

Black Beans and Rum (for Poor Poets and Others)
Black Beans and Rum (for Poor Poets and Others)
Fluffy Tapioca Cream
Fluffy Tapioca Cream
Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Citrus and Ginger
Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Citrus and Ginger
All About Yuca and How to Put It to Good Use

All About Yuca and How to Put It to Good Use by Lindsay-Jean Hard

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27 Smart Places to Put Mangoes, from Soups to Soufflés

27 Smart Places to Put Mangoes, from Soups to Soufflés by Sarah Jampel

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Which must-try Brazilian foods didn't make it on this list? Tell us in the comments!

Tags: olympics, brazil, brazilian