Brazilian Food Ideas for Families to Try

Are you ready for the Olympics? This year, from Aug. 5 through the 21st, athletes from around the world will gather in Rio, Brazil, to compete for a chance to make it onto the podium. You can capture some of that Olympic spirit by making some Brazilian food at your house. Start with a simple Brazilian lemonade. Make up a big batch of authentic Brazilian beans to serve over Brazilian rice. As a side, your kids can help you make traditional quick Brazilian cheese bread. Finish off your meal with chewy Brazilian chocolate brigadeiros.

Brazilian Lemonade

Start off your South American meal with this refreshing Brazilian lemonade from Natasha’s Kitchen. This isn’t your typical lemonade – first off, it’s made with limes. Next, it has a thicker texture courtesy of sweetened condensed milk. Garnish with a slice of fresh lime.

Authentic Brazilian Beans

In Brazil, people eat beans just about every day. Try making these authentic Brazilian beans from Instructables at your house. Choose between dried black, pinto or kidney beans to start. Then soak the beans overnight before cooking. This version gives three different options for the next step – either use a pressure cooker, a Crock-Pot or the stovetop.

Brazilian Rice

Simple. Satisfying. That’s the idea behind this Brazilian rice recipe from A Taste of Brazil. Rinse basmati or jasmine rice and set aside. Saute finely chopped onion and garlic in a pan – add the rice. Stir in water and cover the pot. Simmer until the rice is tender.

Quick Brazilian Cheese Rolls (Pao de Queijo)

Use a muffin tin to bake up these quick Brazilian cheese rolls from Our Best Bites. Blend together egg, milk, oil, flour, salt and grated cheeses (cheddar and Parmesan). Use the batter to fill the muffin tins. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

Brazilian Feijoada

If there’s one quintessential dish to make that every Brazilian eats, it’s feijoada. The dish includes several different elements served altogether including beans cooked with garlic, onions, sausage and cured beef. Serve with collard greens, rice and hot sauce. To make this dish, follow the directions from the Smithsonian’s version of Brazilian feijoada.

Brazilian Chocolate Brigadeiros

These Brazilian chocolate brigadeiros from Eat Cook Explore are easy and simple to make. Even better, there are only a few ingredients – one can condensed milk, chocolate powder and butter. Cook in a saucepan until the mixture thickens and then allow it to cool. Roll them into tablespoon-sized pieces and then coat in sprinkles.


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