Brazilian food recipes may be influenced by many different cultures and cooking styles. One may find the influence of indigenous cultures in the use of manioc, a root ground to make a type of flour which is then made into a common dish called farofa.
Due to the mentioned reason, Brazil became a melting pot for the cuisine of these blended cultures. Each immigrant group brought to the country its style and taste of cooking which has influenced the Brazilian food recipes you find today.
There are a few slight differences when it comes to regional cooking in Brazil. One will always find the staple ingredients, however, there may be a unique difference in the way the dish is prepared and spiced due to the influence of the settlers in the area.
Eating and or Meal Times
Manioc a vegetable root that is typically made into flour is the main part of a typical Brazilian diet and is eaten by all social classes in all parts of the country. Rice and beans are also common dishes served frequently in Brazil. Added to these staples are usually fish, meat or chicken depending on the financial resources of the individual. Other foods found in the country are sweet potatoes, cassava meal, corn porridge, palm kernels, fish and edible roots.
Morning meal is typically eaten between 6 and 8.30 a.m. The food at a Brazilian breakfast looks very European and may include such staples as coffee, juice, bread, cheese, cereal, eggs or fruit. Lunch is the main and largest meal of the day in Brazil and is usually eaten between 11.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. The Midday meal is when Brazilians will have their heavier meats and pasta recipes.
Dinner can be very much like lunch in terms of the food eaten or it can be quite smaller, consisting of a very light snack. It may be from 7 p.m. onwards, though most Brazilians in the larger cities may start dinner around 10pm. Caipirinhas, an alcoholic drink of Brazilian sugarcane alcohol with crushed limes, and sugar, or batidas, cachaça and fruit juice, are usually served before food, while beer is the drink of choice during the meal.
Some other common Brazilian recipes include:
Feijoada, a wonderful Meat Stew served with rice and beans Polenta, Fried Corn meal Barreado: meats and spices simmered in a clay pot for one day and served with banana and farofa.