Unlike, say, French, Italian, or even Mexican food, Brazilian food is a little more uncharted for many. You may simply think steak when you hear Brazil, but the country has a whole lot more going for it from a culinary standpoint. So before you begin your next culinary adventure, get acquainted with the pronunciation of some of Brazil's most beloved dishes.
1. Moqueca = mo-KEH-kah
This classic fragrant stew consists of fish, tomatoes, hearts of palm, peppers, onions, and cilantro. In Bahia, in the northeast, coconut milk is added to make it nice and creamy.
2. Cachaça = kah-SHAH-sa
Similar to white rum, Brazil's national spirit is made with fresh-pressed, unprocessed cane juice, which gives it a more grassy, herbaceous flavor.
3. Caipirinha = kai-pee-REEN-yuhs
The most famous drink to make with cachaça is most definitely a caipirinha. Made with the traditional spirit, muddled limes, and a little sugar, it's simple and refreshing.
Get the Recipe: Classic Caiprinha
4. Pão de queijo = pown-deh-KAY-zho
These irresistible little cheese puffs also happen to be gluten-free. Made with sour cassava flour or tapioca flour (instead of all-purpose flour), they are best served warm, straight from the oven.
Get the Recipe: How To Make Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)
5. Feijoada = fay-ZHWAH-duh
Every region of Brazil has its own version of this classic black bean and meat stew — it's hearty and most definitely stick-to-your-ribs good.
6. Açaí = ah-sah-EE
Considered to be a superfood, açaí berries have gotten a lot of love lately. They are native to Brazil and have been popping up in breakfast bowls all over the place.
7. Brigadeiros = bri-ga-DAY-ros
This Brazilian confection is dangerously good. Made of condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter, the fudge-like balls are rolled in chocolate sprinkles before serving.
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