✨March~Brazilian Themed Dinner✨

So March is here and another themed dinner is on the cards~this time we are going Brazilian baby! I have been to a Brazilian restaurant only once, over a decade ago but I wasn’t very adventurous and remember only ordering a burger. I decided this time, I really wanted to bring the most authentic flavours of Brazil to my table. I found there is a great deal of time and effort that goes into the prep of this but the actual cooking itself is quick and simple. Brazilians are fond of condiments and marinades regularly featuring herbs, peppers and citrus fruits and I thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful. Now then, without further ado, Brazilian music on, oven all fired up and taste buds at the ready~let’s go!

Starter

Bolinho de Bacalhau (Brazilian spiced salt cod fritters)

So we are starting off with a light and crispy seafood starter and this one packs a punch, full of flavour and full of fun. The mayonnaise dip is also the perfect partner to balance out the flavours by adding a bit of zing!

Ingredients

(For the fritters~serves 2/4)

1lb salt

2 cups of mashed potato

3 spring onions

1 clove garlic

2 eggs

Parsley (few chopped sprigs & a couple whole for garnish)

1/2 teaspoon cumin

Salt & pepper to taste

What I Did

• Soak the cod in 2 tablespoons of salt & water for a couple of hours, overnight preferable.

• Boil & mash potatoes, chop spring onions, garlic, parsley and mash up the cod.

• Mix everything up in a bowl, crack in the eggs, add salt, pepper & cumin and then shape into patties.

• Heat a good amount of olive oil in a frying pan and fry over a moderate heat for approx 3 mins on each side or until golden brown.

(For the mayonnaise dip)

2 heaped tablespoons of mayonnaise

Couple of sprigs of chopped coriander

Really generous squeeze of lime juice

What I Did

• Mix the mayonnaise, coriander & lime juice altogether and pop into a serving dish.

Main

Brazilian marinaded sirloin steak with chimichurri sauce, chunky sweet potato fries, onion rings, corn on the cob & salsa salad

If I was ever to do a Brazilian night it was always going to be steak and this does not disappoint. This course is especially my husbands favourite and who can say no to corn on the cob and an onion ring?!

Ingredients

(For the steak marinade)

Salt & Black pepper

2 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 whole lemon

1 whole lime

1/2 cup olive oil

What I Did

• Place the sirloin steak in a deep dish & cover with all of the ingredients.

• Cover with cling film and pop into the fridge overnight to let the flavours infuse.

(For the Chimichurri Sauce)

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar

1/2 cup finely chopped parsley

2 large cloves of garlic

1 large red chilli

3/4 teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

What I Did

• Chop all of the ingredients, add to a bowl and mix thoroughly.

(For the salsa salad)

2 Beef Tomatoes

1/2 green pepper

1/2 red pepper

1 red onion finely chopped

2 tablespoons of coriander

50ml white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt & pepper

I cut the sweet potato into chunky fries, tossed them in olive oil and sprinkled on some paprika, salt and black pepper and cooked for 30/40 mins on gas mark 5. I wrapped the corn on cob in foil and popped in the oven for approx 15 mins with the onion rings. I then fried the marinaded steaks on our griddle plate for 2 minutes each side for a medium/rare, topped with the chimichurri and served.

Desert

Coconut Brigadeiros (makes 8)

Super sweet after all that savoury and spice, these are the perfect end to this delicious dinner.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter

400g condensed milk

120ml coconut milk

Coconut flakes for coating

What I Did

Melt the butter, condensed milk and coconut milk in a pan, stir continuously otherwise you will end up with burnt lumps floating (I say this from experience) keep stirring and stirring until it starts to thicken and until you see the bottom of the pan for 2/3 seconds when you drag a spoon through.

• Pour onto a greased plate and chill for 1 hour in fridge.

• Shape and roll out into balls then roll in the coconut flakes ~ optional dust with icing sugar~ serve.

Classic Drink

Caipirinha Cocktail

This was so thirst quenching not to mention beyond delicious, great contrast of flavours and the sweetness from the brown sugar topped it off wonderfully!

Ingredients

1/2 lime cut into wedges

2 teaspoons brown sugar

Double shot of vodka

Crushed ice

Slice of lime for garnish

What I Did

Muddle (smash) the lime & sugar together to release all of the juice from the lime.

• Fill a long glass with crushed ice & vodka then pour over the sugar & lime juice mixture~garnish with lime wedge~enjoy!

I know I say this after each themed meal every month but this one was definitely our favourite, you really have to try these recipes out for yourself you will love them!

Is this something you would try?

What themed meal should I try out next month? Leave me an idea below.

thankyou for reading~have the best day💞✨

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