Hi folks! What’s up? In our Dica today we are going to talk about the Brazilian Christmas food, and learn what we eat for a Brazilian Christmas dinner. Let’s see the most common dishes on our table and learn more about each of them:
Learning Brazilian Christmas Food
Arroz de natal or Arroz Natalino is a must have in the Christmas table. It goes well with almost all other dishes. What makes it so special is the amount of ingredients in the rice such as peas, corn, mushroom, ham, carrots and of course, raisins.
Frango Assado is a great substitute for the turkey if you want to save some money! You will find lots of Chesters in the supermarket which is the name we give to a bigger chicken, because they have a big chest.
Peru de Natal is also part of the Brazilian Christmas dinner, but as we said, some Brazilian families prefer the Chester because it’s cheaper and easier to prepare.
Pernil is the name we use to refer to the roasted leg of an animal and on Christmas dinner we usually cook pork. A good suggestion, if you are preparing it, is to marinate if in white wine before baking it in the oven.
Bacalhau is the main ingredient of different dishes at Christmas. Empadão de bacalhau, bolinho de bacalhau, bacalhoada, it doesn’t matter what you are cooking. As long as you are using bacalhau, people will love it.
Frutas are included in the Christmas dinner of every Brazilian family. It’s a hot country, they are really cheap and delicious. So, why not?
A Rabanada is one of the really special dishes on the Christmas table. It’s only prepared at Christmas time and if you try to make it in any other time of the year, forget it, it will just taste different. Magic? Maybe!
Every Brazilian party must have Salgadinhos, and the Christmas dinner is no different. Prepare lots of them because they are going to be the first to disappear from the Christmas table.
There many types of Nozes in Brazil but the one you are looking at are walnuts. Just remember to bring a nutcracker or you won’t eat any.
If you are preparing Castanhas cozidas, make sure to buy Castanhas Portuguesas. They are rich in vitamin B and C and also a great source of protein.
Another very common sweet that we have for our Brazilian Christmas dinner is chocottone. It’s like a bread/cake with chocolate inside. We also have a panettone that is the same things but with fruits inside.
There are still many other dishes on a Brazilian table, but these were some of the most typical ones. The Christmas Dinner is very important and, usually, starts at midnight, after we wish Merry Christmas to our friends and family. It’s also very common in Brazil, after we eat a little of our own dinner, neighbors visit each other to eat a little of their culinary delights as well. This represents the bond of friendship Brazilians have.
Brazilian Christmas dinner
Would you like to prepare any of this traditional Brazilian Christmas food? Click on the links below and check the recipe:
|Arroz de Natal|
|Peru de Natal|
And what are the Brazilian Christmas dinner beverages? We usually drink soda, water, juice, and of course wine!
That’s it, friends! Now we know a little more about the Brazilian Christmas food, come to our classes and talk about culture and traditions with our teachers!
How is the Christmas Dinner in your country? What are the most typical dishes? Is there any big traditions for the Dinner?
We, from Rio & Learn, wish you all a Merry Christmas!