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A Taste of Rio

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With the 2016 Rio Olympics in full swing, what better way to watch Team USA annihilate the competition while eating some traditional Brazilian cuisine?

 

After scouring the internet, here are three of the tastiest Brazilian dishes we could find:

 

Brazilian Stovetop Ribs

Ingredients:

10 pork spareribs

1/2 cup soy sauce

10 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon dried rosemary

1 tablespoon dried oregano

2 bay leaves

1 lime, juiced

10 sprigs fresh parsley

ground black pepper to taste

2 limes, cut into wedges

 

Directions:

Place the spareribs into a large pot, and fill with just enough water to cover. Add the soy sauce, garlic, rosemary, oregano, bay leaves, lime juice and 3/4 of the parsley. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered over medium heat until the water has completely evaporated, about 25 minutes.

 

When all of the water is gone, remove the bay leaves, and allow meat to brown, turning occasionally. Use a spatula to scrape up browned bits and softened garlic from the bottom of the pot, and toss them with the pork. The garlic will dissolve onto the meat. Remove the meat, and drain on paper towels. Season with black pepper and garnish with lime wedges and remaining parsley.

 

Rain Cakes

Bolinhos de Chuva, or Rain Cakes, are a signature treat in Brazilian dessert making. Bolinhos de Chuva are deep fried golden dumplings covered with cinnamon and powdered sugar. They are made without much fuss and only need a couple of simple ingredients like flour, eggs, milk and baking powder. They are perfect for serving with some guests and especially those with a sweet tooth.

 

*Serves 25-30 Cakes*

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Oil for frying

 

Directions:

1) In a bowl, stir the cinnamon into the 1/2 cup of sugar and it set aside.

2) Now mix the flour, salt and 3 tablespoons sugar together in a separate bowl.

3) Stir in the eggs and 1/2 cup buttermilk with a spoon. Add the rest of the buttermilk slowly until the mixture has a very thick consistency. Now stir in the baking powder.

4) In a deep skillet, pour 2 inches of oil and heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

5) Now scoop a golf ball sized ball of batter with a spoon and drop it into the oil.

6) Let them cook on by one until golden brown and then place them on a platter with a paper towel to dry.

8) Once done, roll the cakes in the bowl of mixed cinnamon sugar and serve while hot.

 

Brazilian Bon-Bons

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

1 tablespoon butter

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

 

Directions:

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine cocoa, butter and condensed milk. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest until cool enough to handle. Form into small balls and eat at once or chill until serving.

 

We hope you enjoyed the first weekend of the Olympics as much as we did! Now get cooking!

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