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An Introduction to Brazilian Cuisine

America is a true melting pot. Just drive down the road in any medium or large city and you’ll see restaurants from all over the globe — Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and more. Brazilian food, however, is still somewhat of an unknown to many. That’s why we created Grill Hall Churrascaria. We wanted to celebrate Brazilan cuisine and bring it’s delicious flavors to our friends and neighbors in Maple Grove. If you’re unfamiliar with Brazilian cuisine, let us give you an overview of some of the key ingredients and national dishes commonly enjoyed in our homeland. And, the next time you’re looking for a new place to take your family or celebrate a special occasion, we hope you’ll stop by our restaurant.

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A Little Bit About Brazil

To give you a better understanding of the food of Brazil, it helps to know a few things about the country itself. First off, Brazil is the largest country in South America, and it’s the fifth largest country in the world. With such a vast amount of land, there are plenty of opportunities to grow a wide variety of foods there. And, because of its rich and diverse history, many cultures have influenced Brazil's cuisine, each contributing different ingredients and food specialties and making it what it is today. Brazilian food cannot be defined by one or two main ingredients or a particular style — it truly is a delicious combination of foods and flavors.

Cultural Influences

Over the centuries, Brazil has been inhabited by many different groups and nationalities. European traders and settlers came from Portugal, Germany, and Italy. The country also became home to people from other parts of South America, as well as Africa, and even some Asian countries. With the arrival of each group, new ingredients and different styles of cooking also made their way into Brazilian culture.

Ingredients

Although Brazilian food is very diverse, there are some key ingredients used in many of the most popular dishes. First and foremost, Brazilians love meat, specifically grilled meat. Beef, chicken, pork, lamb, and sausage — all are favorites!

Beyond grilled meats, there are several other ingredients common to Brazilian food, such as:

  • Black beans
  • Cassava (Yuca) root
  • Lime
  • Guava
  • Banana
  • Coconut
  • Rice
  • Cashews

While most of these ingredients are not considered foreign to American households, the one ingredient that you might not be familiar with is Cassava root. This is perhaps one of the most important foods in Brazilian cooking. Cassava, also known as Yuca, is a starchy root vegetable. If you’ve seen Yucca in the grocery store, keep in mind that it’s not the same thing! Yucca and Yuca (cassava) are two completely different foods.

Cassava root is similar in size and shape to a sweet potato and it is often eaten mashed or fried. It can also be made into flour for use in cakes and bread. There are dozens of recipes that use cassava root — it is perhaps one of the most widely used ingredients, eaten by Brazilians all over the country, on a daily basis.

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Food Made With Love

If there’s one thing for sure, Brazilian’s are passionate about food. From savory grilled meats to hearty, stews, and delicious, sweet endings, Brazilian food is hearty, flavorful, and made to turn any meal into an event. A Brazilian meal is one where people can relax and enjoy their food while spending time with friends and family — meals are not to be rushed, they’re meant to be relished.

Grill Hall Churrascaria — A Taste of Brazil in Maple Grove

The best way to learn more about Brazilian food is to try it for yourself. Grill Hall Churrascaria, is owned by natives of Brazil who want to share their devotion to delicious Brazilian food with their community. Bring your family and experience a meal like you’ve never had before. With many options to choose from and everything being “all you can eat,” Grill Hall is sure to become your new favorite restaurant in Maple Grove. Check out our menu to see what we have to offer and then make your dinner plans for tonight! You can find out where we’re located and make your reservations through OpenTable right through our website. Just visit our contact page. We look forward to serving you!