Category: South American Cuisine

The Amazonia region of South America provides a plethora of fresh fish and tropical fruits. In Peru the Inca Empire (Tahuantinsuyu) and Incan cuisine contribute to the nation's overall cuisine. Potatoes are common, and also plants such as quinoa. The Pacific Ocean provides a large amount of seafood. Many plains also are on this continent, which are rich for growing food in abundance. In the Patagonia region south of Chile and Argentina, many people produce lamb and venison. King crab is typically caught at the southern end of the continent. Antarctic krill has just recently been discovered and is now another food source. Tuna and tropical fish are caught all around the continent; Easter Island is a notable area where they are found in abundance. Lobster is also caught in great quantities from Juan Fernández. In Brazil the most traditional dish is the feijoada, a stew of beans with beef and pork.
Receta Chupe de Mariscos

Chupe de Mariscos – Peruvian Seafood Soup

Although the original recipe calls for crayfish, prawn chupe has become more widely eaten, as fresh or frozen prawn become more common.

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Brazilian Shrimp Stew

Vatapá – Brazilian Shrimp Stew

Vatapá is an Afro-Brazilian dish made from bread, shrimp, coconut milk, finely ground peanuts and palm oil mashed into a creamy paste.

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Tajadas - Fried Sweet Plantain Chips

Tajadas – Fried Sweet Plantain Chips

Tajadas are a dish of fried plantains that are sliced diagonally. It is a typical food of Caribbean and South American countries

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Avena

Avena Oatmeal Drink

Avena is a South American beverage prepared with stewed oatmeal, milk, water, cinnamon, clove and sugar.

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Peanut Pacoca

Paçoca de Amendoim – Peanut Paçoca

These sweet and nutty dessert or snack bars are extremely versatile – they are great as part of a dessert buffet, they can be served as a late-afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of coffee, or they can be wrapped in wax paper or plastic film to become part of a lunchbox lunch.

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Creme de Abacate – Brazilian Avocado Cream Dessert

Brazilians grow up eating avocados as a sweet treat and whenever the fruits are ripe and tender, transformed them quickly into a delicious dessert. The basic recipe just calls for ripe avocados, milk, sugar and lemon or lime juice, although some families make their recipes adding condensed milk and heavy cream.

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Pudim de Tapioca - Tapioca and Coconut Pudding

Pudim de Tapioca – Tapioca and Coconut Pudding

A popular ingredient in Brazilian desserts, Tapioca (sagu) is added to puddings and cake recipes and often consumed with different forms of coconut and condensed milk.

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Xinxim de galinha

Xinxim de Galinha – Brazilian Chicken Stew

An easy and delicious Brazilian dish of chicken and prawns braised in coconut milk. Dried shrimp, garlic, ginger and crushed cashews add extra crunch and flavour to this recipe.

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Brazilian Passionfruit Cake

Bolo de Maracujá – Brazilian Passionfruit Cake

This simple sponge cake is not only laced with passionfruit, it is then drizzled in a rich passionfruit syrup for a double dose of tangy sweetness.

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Coxinha - Brazilian Chicken Croquettes

Coxinha – Brazilian Chicken Croquettes

Coxinha (little chicken thigh), is a popular food in Brazil consisting of chopped or shredded chicken meat, covered in dough, moulded into a shape resembling a chicken leg, battered and fried.

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Abobrinha Marinada - Marinated Zucchini

Abobrinha Marinada – Marinated Zucchini

These delicious, garlicky zucchini slices, lightly sautéed and marinated in olive oil, make a great side dish for grilled meats.

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Rabanadas - Fried Bread with Cinnamon Sugar

Rabanadas – Fried Bread with Cinnamon Sugar

Rabanadas differ from French toast in several ways (though both are a great way to use up stale bread). Rabanadas are commonly enjoyed as a dessert or afternoon treat, rather than as a breakfast food. The bread is soaked in milk and/or wine, dipped in egg, and then deep-fried in oil.

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Lettuce Wedges with Blue Cheese Dressing

Blue Cheese Dressing

Buttermilk and blue cheese combine to make a mayonnaise that is perfectly paired with your next lettuce salad.

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Pollo a la Braza Peruano - Peruvian-style Roast Chicken

Pollo a la Braza Peruano – Peruvian-style Roast Chicken

Served with a garden salad and fries this delightfully tender marinated chicken is a winner in summer or winter. Make sure to allow it to marinate overnight to get full benefit of the flavours.

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Brazilian-Cheese-Bread

Brazilian Cheese Bread – Pão de Queijo

Pão de queijo is a small, baked, cheese roll, a popular snack and breakfast food in Brazil.

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