Looking for delicious Brazilian-inspired recipes

I'm looking for recipes for appetizers, desserts, salads or side dishes for a Brazilian-themed cooking club. Got any favorites? It's okay if it's not traditional and just has a hint of Brazilian inspiration. Already on the menu: pork and rice, Caipirinhas, and feijoada (beef and bean stew).

Ms. T
  • Posted by: Ms. T
  • March 13, 2011


Burnt O. March 17, 2011
Serious Eats posted this recipe today - it's a classic Brazilian dish:
Anitalectric March 16, 2011
That recipe does look good, but the acaraje I was thinking of are more like little sandwiches. They get filled with a spicy tomato-onion-pepper relish and shrimp or seafood.

There is a recipe in the first cookbook I mentioned above.
Ms. T. March 15, 2011
Thanks all for the great suggestions!
susan G. March 14, 2011
Acaraje, mentioned above, is on Food52 as 'akara' from Kitchen Butterfly -- by coincidence, I just saved it. It's a simplified version, looks good!
Anitalectric March 14, 2011
Brazil, A Cook's Tour by Christoper Idone is a good all-encompassing one that covers all regions and has a lot of pictures and background info about the ingredients. There are not enough English language Brazilian cookbooks out there.

There is a vintage Life Magazine cookbook called "Latin American Cooking" that I reference often. I blogged about it here! http://fivefingerfeast.wordpress.com/2008/06/02/rolling-with-the-peaches/

But my favorite ones are sadly not in English:

Receitas Do Amor E Mesa by Maria Angelica
Tempero Da Dada by Aldaci Dada Dos Santos
aargersi March 14, 2011
My Brazilian neighbor taught me this - and there are other great Brazilian recipes on this site:

yella March 14, 2011
pao de queijo - brazilian cheese bread. Great side dish and oh so delicious. My mouth is already watering. use minas cheese if you can find it.

hardlikearmour March 14, 2011
Check this site out:
Greenstuff March 14, 2011
Anitalectric, do you have favorite Brazilian cookbooks in English?
Anitalectric March 14, 2011
These are my favorite Brazilian dishes. I don't have any recipes on hand (the ones I do use are in cookbooks) but you can google them if any look good.

Acaraje- black bean fritters
Moqueca- coconut seafood stew from Bahia
vinagrete- like pico de gallo
maionese- potato salad
vatapa- similar to moqueca, thickened with cashews

Another super simple food I had there and made time after time (years ago) was a simple grilled chicken sandwich that also had a slice of grilled pineapple in it and melted jack cheese. There is a famous place in Rio called Cervantes that serves them. A cute appetizer would be mini versions of this.
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