Brazilian Feast

Maybe you can’t go to Rio, but Rio can come to you! Brazilian cuisine has many influences, and you’ll find various geographical differences and specialties throughout the country. Main foods are root vegetables, rice, beans, beef, pork and seafood. Tropical fruit abounds, with mango, papaya, guava, granadilla and pineapple being some favorites.

Here are some options for all courses of a Brazilian feast. What you choose will depend on your party style (casual vs. sit-down meal), how many people are coming and any dietary restrictions. Experiment and have fun!


  • Acarajé – Fried fritters of shrimp, black-eyed peas and onions
  • Bolinhas de arroz – Fried dough made with rice flour
  • Coxinhas –  Chicken salad that’s battered and fried. Key is that the dough ball is shaped like a chicken leg

Main dishes

  • Bauru – A sandwich with roast beer, mozzarella cheese, pickled cucumber and tomato. Served on hollowed-out French bread
  • Empadão – A baked meat pie with chicken and veggies
  • Feijoada – Black bean stew with meat served over rice. Top it with Farofa
  • Moqueca de Camarão – Shrimp stew
  • Pastéls – Deep fried dumplings, like empanadas. Fill ’em with cheese, meat, fish or whatever

Brazilian BBQ is another option, as the country’s pretty famous for its grilling style called churrasco, which is barbecuing huge slabs of meat on a spit and basting it with a chimichurri sauce. Your grill will do just fine — just don’t forget that sauce!

Brazilian-style pizza. In São Paulo, they put the cheese on first, then the tomato sauce. Other areas of Brazil may go light on the tomato sauce in general–or use slices of tomato instead.