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Brazilian Family FeastWith the Olympics about to begin, the world turns its eyes to beautiful country of Brazil. With its scenic landscapes and gorgeous sunsets, Brazil also boasts of exquisite, mouth-watering cuisine. Discover the delights of Brazil in the comfort of your own home by creating these delicious recipes for you and the family to enjoy whilst supporting Team GB in the Olympics!
Brigadeiros – Brazilian Chocolate TrufflesThe Brazilian equivalent to deliciously sweet chocolate truffles, Brigadeiros are a common Brazilian delicacy. Created in the 1940s, brigadeiros are common at all major celebrations and are enjoyed by adults and children alike! Recommended Appliance: Tower 3 Piece Saucepan Set Total Time to Cook: 15 mins Total Cost per Serving: £2.50 Contains Nuts? Yes Suitable for Vegetarians? Yes Serves: 18
- 3 tsp unsalted butter, plus a little extra
- 400g tin sweetened condensed milk
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 50g toasted chopped pistachio
- 50g flaked almond
- 50g desiccated coconut
- Pre-heat a medium sized saucepan, the Tower 3 Piece Saucepan Set would be ideal, and heat the butter with condensed milk, a pinch of salt and the coca. Stir constantly using a large spoon and bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium/low and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture is thick and begins to pull away from the bottom of the pan.
- Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Pour this mixture onto a buttered plate and chill for at least 2 hours.
- Gently butter your hands, pull off some dough and roll into 2.5cm balls.
- Separate the different toppings and place into small bowls. Gently roll the dough balls in the coating of your choice until fully covered.Place on a tray lined with non-stick baking paper.
Pão De Queijo – Cheese and BreadBoasting the delicious combination of mouth-watering cheese and homemade bread, Pão de queijo is a delicacy enjoyed throughout all areas of Brazil. Crunchy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside, Pão de queijo is enjoyed either as breakfast, a side dish or a mid-afternoon snack, perfect for snacking on as you relax and enjoy the Olympics! Recommended Appliance: Tower Stainless Steel Hand Mixer Total Time to Cook: 30 mins Total Cost per Serving: £2.45 Contains Nuts? No Suitable for Vegetarians? Yes Serves: 24
- Oil or butter, for greasing
- 250ml full-fat milk
- ½ 250g pack unsalted butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 300g tapioca flour
- 2 eggs
- 100g parmesan, grated
- Pre-heat the oven to 220⁰C / 200⁰C fan / gas mark 7. Lightly grease a baking sheet with oil or butter and leave to one side.
- Using a medium saucepan, add the milk, butter and salt. Bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and gradually add the tapioca flour. Thoroughly stir and leave to cool slightly.
- Add the mixture into a standing mixer using the recommended or use a bowl and electric hand whisk (like the Tower Stainless Steel Hand Mixer) then beat until the mixture is completely cool. Beat the eggs in one at a time, only adding the next one once it has been fully combined.
- When the dough is glossy, add in the cheese and beat again until mixed.
- Spoon the dough on the baking sheet in roughly 1 tsp balls, 5cm apart.
- Bake for 30 minutes until golden. For the best taste, remove from oven and enjoy whilst still warm
Pastel De PalmitoPerfect for snacking whilst getting into the Brazilian spirit, Pastel De Palmito is the perfect addition for get-togethers during the Olympic season. Create a large, delicious batch in no time for an authentic, traditional Brazilian style. Recommended Appliance: 26cm Porcelain Enamel Fry Total Time to Cook: 15 mins Total Cost per Serving: £0.33 Contains Nuts? No Suitable for Vegetarians? Yes Serves: 12
IngredientsFor the Dough:
- 350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling
- 4 tbsp vegetable shortening or butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 2 tbsp cachaça or white rum
- 4-5 tsp water
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- 400g tin hearts of palm, drained and roughly chopped
- 3 tbsp cream cheese
- Into a large bowl, add the flour with some salt. Add the vegetable shortening and mix well until it forms crumbs.
- Then, gradually stir in the egg, vinegar and the rum, pouring water until the mixtures come together as dough.
- Knead the mixture then wrap in cling film and chill for 1 hour.
- Heat oil in a frying pan to create the filling, we recommend using the 26cm Porcelain Enamel Fry Pan then add the onion, garlic and season. Fry for roughly 5 minutes until soft, add tomatoes, parsley and heart of palm. Fry for another minute and then remove from the heat.
- Sprinkle flour onto a clean work surface, then half the dough and roll out into a large square (roughly 30 x 30cm)
- Using a pastry cutter, create 6 squares.
- Repeat with the second piece of dough. If too soft, place in the fridge before adding the filling to firm up again.
- Lightly brush the edges with water using a pastry brush, before adding 2 tbsp of filling and a small dollop of cream cheese to the centre of the square.
- Fold over and press the edges together using a fork to seal.
- Chill until ready to fry.
- Heat 7.5cm-10cm of vegetable oil in a wok or heavy based saucepan, then fry in batches for around 2-3mins or until golden brown.
Chimichurri SauceAccompany your delicious Brazilian dishes with this mouth-watering Chimichurri sauce. Ideal for barbecued meats, authentic tastes and marinating chicken, Chimichurri is the perfect accompaniment. Total Time to Cook: 10 mins Total Cost per Serving: £1.04 Contains Nuts? No Suitable for Vegetarians? Yes Serves: 250ml
- Small pack coriander, finely chopped
- Small pack flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
- 1 small sweet onion, finely diced
- 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
- 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar (Sauvignon Blanc or rice wine vinegar)
- Add the herbs, garlic, onion and chilli into a bowl.
- Pour over the oil and vinegar, add the salt and mix together.
Feijoada – Black Bean and StewEaten across the length and breadth of Brazil, the Feijoada is one of the few dishes that is enjoyed across the entire country. An assortment of beans and meat, this delicious meal is fit for any celebration, serve in a large bowl and let your family and friends help themselves. Recommended Appliance: Tower Digital Multi-Cooker, 5L Multi Function Pressure Cooker Total Time to Cook: 2 hours 20 mins Total Cost per Serving: £1.87 Contains Nuts? No Suitable for Vegetarians? No Serves: 4
- 250g dried black beans, soaked overnight and then drained
- 100g streaky smoked bacon, cut into slices
- 500g pork ribs
- 3 chorizo, cooking sausages
- 500g pork shoulder, cut into 5cm cubes
- 3 onions, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- Pinch of chili flakes
- Olive oil, for cooking
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- Pre-heat a large saucepan with a fitted lid, add bacon and fry until crisp
- Remove the bacon, keeping the oil in the pan. Sear the ribs, sausage and pork shoulder meat one at a time. Then lightly season each batch with salt and pepper
- Set the meat to one side. Then, add the onion, garlic and chilli to the pan. Add a little more oil if neccessary. Season with salt and pepper and fry for 8 minutes, until soft
- Next, add the meat, bay leaves, white wine vinegar and drained beans. Cover with just enough water, roughly 650ml. Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer
- Cover and cook for two hours, ensuring the meat is soft and the beans are tender
- For an alternative method, use one of our slow cookers like the Tower Digital Multi-Cooker and cook for 4 hours or cook in batches in just 30 minutes using a pressure cooker such as the 5L Multi Function Pressure Cooker
- Alternatively, cook in a pre-heated oven for 3-4 hours at 160⁰C / 140⁰C fan / gas mark 3
- To serve, enjoy with rice, a sprinkling of coriander and drizzle with hot pepper sauce to suit
Cumin and Onion Marinated BeefThe professionals of barbecued dishes, nobody does it quite like Brazil. Oozing with zesty flavours and traditional barbecued tastes, you can create mouth-watering authentic Brazilian dishes from the comfort of your own home. Recommended Appliance: 3-in-1 Cerastone Ceramic Raclette Total Time to Cook: 10 mins Total Cost per Serving: £0.36 Contains Nuts? No Suitable for Vegetarians? No Serves: 4 - 6
- 1kg thick bavette or onglet steak
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 garlic clove, crushed
- Juice 2 limes
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp chilli flakes
- 1 small onion, grated
- 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
- Cut the steak into 6 or 7 chunks, then add into a small bowl and mix together with the Worcestershire, garlic, lime juice, vinegar, spices, onion and olive oil
- Generously season the steak on both sides and then place onto a baking tray. Cover with marinade and leave to chill in the fridge for up to 1 day
- Bring to room temperature 1 hour before grilling
- Heat a griddle pan or outdoor grill until very hot, we recommend using the 3-in-1 Cerastone Ceramic Raclette. Gently pat the meat dry and drizzle with oil, then season
- Thread the meat onto metal skewers
- Grill for 3-4 minutes on one side, then turn over and repeat
Frango Churrasco - Grilled Lemon & Garlic Chicken
- 900g boneless chicken thigh (skin-on)
- Zest and juice 2 lemon
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp mild piri-piri sauce
- 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
- Using a shallow, non-metallic dish, add the chicken and the other ingredients to form a marinade, then mix thoroughly.
- Cover and chill for at least 2 hours, or even overnight
- Bring to room temperature 1 hour before grilling
- Thread half the thighs onto 2 metal skewers
- Repeat with the remaining thighs and 2 more skewers
- Pre-heat an oven, grill or outdoor barbecue until very hot
- Place on the grill for 6 minutes on one side, then 4 minutes on the other side
- Cook for a few minutes on each side if they are fairly large, keeping the heat on medium
- Remove and keep warm under foil until ready to tuck in ! If you give any of these recipes a go, share your pictures with us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, we'd love to see your Brazilian family feast!