Best of Brazil
Occupying almost half of South America, Brazil enjoys a bounty of culinary riches. The country's sheer size means there are different recipe preferences in different regions—shrimp from the Atlantic in Bahia, any number of indigenous river fish in the Amazonas, and feijoada wherever pork is found. We can't get enough of Brazil's eclectic pallet, so we've compiled all our favorite Brazilian recipes right here.
Two of the most popular dishes in Brazil's Bahia state are bobo camarones (shrimp in yuca cream sauce) and moqueca (seafood coconut stew). This recipe combines both. Coconut milk flavors the sauce, while mashed yuca adds creaminess. Dendê oil (bright orange palm oil) is usually stirred in at the end to lend the sauce color, but we've used annatto oil instead.
Brazilian Fish Stew (Moqueca de Peixe)
Vatapa is a rustic Brazilian stew, a fiery blend with beer, coconut milk, and ground peanuts as its base. Made with leftover turkey, it's a snap to prepare.
Churrasco with Chimichurri Sauce
Churrasco referes to beef or grilled meat. Grilled sirloin is the star of this rendition, accentuated by vinegar-based chimichurri sauce.
Our second variation of this classic Brazilian soup, vatapa offers a harmonious balance of tangy, sweet, and spicy flavors. For an added traditional touch, try sprinkling the soup with chopped peanuts just before serving. If you can't find a Brazilian lager, Mexican beer such as Dos Equis works well in its place.