Thursday, January 24, 2008

Taste of Brazil

I know I've mentioned before how much I love trying new foods, and living in Brazil has been no exception. The beans and rice are fantastic. The bakeries even better.

One of Scott's favorite meals can be bought along the side of the road. Take your ordinary hot dog, add peas and corn,
a bit of tomato and onion relish, mayo, mustard, mashed potatoes, and fried onions and you've got a meal in a bun. (Okay, I have to admit that this is not one of my favorites.)

We decided to forgo Pizza Hut last week and go for a more Brazilian pizza. Try this pizza on for size! When they say "Super Mega Pizza" they are not joking. And for less than twenty dollars it's a great deal as well.

Want to try something different for dinner. This Stroganoff recipe has become one of our favorites. While I don't guarantee it's authenticity, Brazilians do love their stroganoff (and so do I!) I've never been one to follow a recipe, but you really can't go wrong on this one, so experiment and have enjoy! It's fast and easy.

2 pounds chicken breasts or beef strips
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion chopped
1/2 t nutmeg (don't leave this out!)
1/2 t oregano
4 T catsup
3 T yellow mustard
About 1 cup of heavy cream or creme fraiche. (You might be able to find Brazilian-style creme de leite in a Latino market.)

Cut up meat into small strips or pieces. Saute the meat, onion, and garlic and cook until meat is done. Add catsup and mustard and mix well. When ready to eat, add cream and cook for one minute.

Serve over rice and sprinkle matchstick potato chips on top.

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