When you think of Brazil, what comes to mind? Football with flair? Carnival costumes? Rhythmic drums? Well – if you didn’t know – Brazil’s culture and traditions have also been shaped in part by none other than the humble BBQ.
Over hundreds of years the Brazilian BBQ has evolved, turning the unassuming barbecue into a focal point of excitement, a place to gather and see the sizzle first hand. Are you looking to try something new and exciting? Why not host your own Brazilian themed BBQ? We’re here to give you some knowledge and ideas that will help you create an authentic Brazilian BBQ. Here are some Brazilian BBQ ideas to get your barbecue smoking and your taste buds flowing.
To give your barbecue the Brazilian treatment, know your history
In the 16th century, barbecued meat was the staple food for the cowboys of Southern Brazil, who cooked in pits in the ground. The popularity of the BBQ spread to the capital, and now there are restaurants all over the world that specialise in Brazilian barbecued meat and Brazilian-themed BBQ events. However, the food is now generally cooked on big barbecue grills rather than pits.
So, now you know the backstory, it’s time to host your very own Brazilian themed barbecue. To ensure that you’re the perfect host, we have put together some BBQ ideas – including a starter, main course, salad and dessert, so you can show off your culinary skills.
The visuals for your theme need a Brazilian touch
Of course, to get your guests into the carnival spirit, why not put on some samba music, decorate your tables in green, yellow and blue (the colours of Brazil’s national flag), and put some beers and Brazilian bubbly on ice? Your guests will love all the effort you have made to bring the essence of Brazil to your event and naturally will look forward to your next BBQ party.
As your guests wait for the food to cook on your barbecue, it’s the ideal time to serve up the starters. One really refreshing starter is fresh, roasted mini red peppers with mango salsa. Just roast the peppers until they blister, and peel off the skin once they have cooled. Chop the peppers lengthways into bite sized pieces and fill with cooked prawns and mango salsa. You can make the mango salsa by mixing finely chopped red onion, mango, and a dash of orange juice and lime juice to taste.
Barbecue plus salad equals a Brazilian success
A simple salad is easy to make and a lighter compliment to your rich Brazilian style meats cooking on the barbecue. Combine four handfuls of baby lettuce leaves with a small, finely chopped red onion, 4 grated carrots, 4 finely chopped tomatoes and half a cucumber. Dress your salad with a combination of olive oil and lime juice, seasoned to taste. Then place a bowl of feta cheese on the side and you are good to go.
A Brazilian themed BBQ needs Brazilian recipes
Here’s a recipe for marinated chicken wraps that’ll be a delicious main course for your Brazilian themed BBQ. Marinate chicken pieces for 2 to 4 hours in a combination of lime zest, freshly squeezed lime juice, chopped garlic, olive oil and a generous handful of chopped coriander. Once fully marinated, thread the chicken pieces onto wooden skewers and cook until done. Serve it with tortilla wraps, lime wedges and the above salad for a fabulous main course.
With starters and mains done, how to end your Brazilian themed BBQ in style? In addition to ice cream and fruit salad for afters, having a freshly cooked dessert is always popular, especially among the youngest guests. A baked banana pie is a great finish to a Brazilian BBQ, and is an ideal way to use up any leftover bananas before they become over-ripe.
This dessert is easy to make. Just peel the bananas, cut them in half lengthways, lightly fry them and place them at the bottom of an ovenproof bowl. Next, separate six eggs and mix the yolks with 225 grams of sugar and a knob of melted butter. Pour this mixture on top of the layer of bananas. Beat the remaining egg whites to make a meringue and pour this on top of the mixture. Cook your banana pie for half an hour at about 150C (less for a fan oven), and let it cool before serving. It’s bound to be a real hit with your guests!
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