When it comes to understanding and experiencing the food of Brazil, there is a lot to cover. After all, much like true Mexican cuisine, Brazilian culinary culture is a fusion of local ingredients and traditions and those of a conquering colonial power that started hundreds of years ago. Over that immense span of time, cultural influences, technology, and even weather and climate have helped to shape the food of Brazil.
5 Dishes That Are Essential To Brazil
Grill Hall Churrascaria
However, no discussion of traditional Brazilian foods would be complete without a significant reference to the churrasco style, or barbecue-style, of cooking that derives from the gauchos — Brazilian cowboys — of the 1800s. At Grill Hall Churrascaria in Maple Grove, we offer a traditional-style churrasco menu for dinner, as well as an American-style breakfast menu and elite burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads for lunch.
In today’s blog, we will take a look at five of the most popular and essential churrascaria dishes that we serve and that are seen as iconic examples of authentic Brazilian food. Visit us today for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or make your future reservation with us online.
These smoke-cured pork sausages are popular throughout the entire country of Brazil and are also a favorite in our Maple Grove churrascaria. Typically, linguica sausages can be found in two primary varieties.
Linguica Calabrese is arguably the single most popular style of meat in all of brazil. Available both raw and as a cured, dry sausage that can be eaten as is, this bold spicey sausage is much like pepperoni and comes from the influences of the traditional Italian-style sausage that bears the same name.
Linguica Portrogeuse is a much more earthy and mild style of sausage that is more likely to be found paired with wines and cheese as a part of a charcuterie board or served as a part of traditional dishes (versus on pizza or some other cosmopolitan food).
In Portuguese, lombo means pork, and despite Brazil being well-known for its cattle ranching and beef production, pigs were not excluded from being raised, traded, and slaughtered for food either.
This traditional, slow-roasted, style of pork is usually seasoned sparingly with salt, garlic, and some other herbs, and the steady rendering of the fat over the open flame provides the moisture and smokiness that mark its flavors. Another common way for this dish to be presented is with a baked or seared cheese crust. Here at Grill Hall Churrascaria, we’re partial to parmesan.
A favorite of our guests and a staple offering of just about any local restaurant in Brazil, picanha is a cut of meat sliced thinly from a slow-grilled beef rump. There are two of these rump caps, the first of which is commonly known as tri-tip and is very popular among BBQ fans. Picanha is the other.
Traditionally, this cut turns out super juicy when the right time is taken to prepare it slowly, and it is mixed with beans, rice, and other ingredients to make hearty, protein- and fiber-rich dishes.
Make sure that when you eat at any Brazilian steakhouse, you always save room for the picanha.
One special food within Brazil’s traditional canon of grilled meats is costela bovina: beef ribs. Here in the States, people tend to prefer pork ribs. After all, pork tends to be a little more forgiving on the grill than beef does, and at similar price points in the grocery store, why not take the easier route?
That’s what makes professionally prepared and expertly seasoned beef ribs so incredible. You’re simply not used to eating them, and the fall-off-the-bone tenderness that you’ll enjoy will make you think you are eating prime rib right off the bone.
Costelatas de Cordeiro
In the traditional churrascaria style, costelatas de cordero, or lamb chops, are simply seasoned and masterfully cooked using an open flame, salt, peppercorns, and a small amount of mint leaf and olive oil. That’s it!
Brazilians always understood that lamb was a meat that tasted great without needing much added in the way of seasonings, and we keep with that tradition here at Grill Hall Churrascaria — your home for traditional-style Brazilian food and a one-of-a-kind family dining experience.
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To experience the food of Old Brazil and enjoy a traditional-style churrascaria experience at the Grill Hall Churrascaria, stop by today or make a reservation online. We can’t wait to serve you.