With warmer temperatures approaching, many of us are itching to get cookout season going. In the US, this typically means brats, burgers, hot dogs, and cold salads. But in Brazil, it’s a whole different ball game. If you’re looking for something new to try at your next barbecue, take a look at this list of unique and delicious cookout ideas. We’ve rounded up some of our very favorite recipes to elevate your cookout food to a new level.
Unique Cookout Food Ideas from Brazil
Grilled Cheese Skewers
If you’re looking for a truly delicious and unique cookout food, consider grilled cheese.There is nothing simpler yet more decadent than a smokey, charred piece of gooey cheese on a stick. That’s exactly what these espetinhos de queijo are: thick pieces of paneer cheese, brushed with olive oil, seasoned with salt, and grilled on medium high heat for a few minutes on each side. Each slice is skewered with a pre-soaked bamboo stick for the perfect grab and go treat: crisp and smokey on the outside, and melty goodness on the inside. Get the full recipe for Brazilian grilled cheese skewers.
Brazilian Potato Salad
Potato salad is a cookout food staple. Brazilian potato salad is similar to the American version, but somewhat lighter. It omits the boiled eggs, pickles, onions, and other ingredients in favor of a simple mixture of potatoes, mayonnaise, and sweet shredded carrots. Garnished with fresh parsley, it is a perfect accompaniment to any grilled meat. Get the full Brazilian potato salad recipe.
Grilled Pineapple Slices
Another fun cookout food idea that couldn’t be simpler: grilled pineapple slices. Brushed with melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, these slices are lightly charged over the grill until they form a delectable, caramelized crust. They taste amazing on their own, but we are sure no one would complain if they were served alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream or as a garnish on a refreshing espanhola.
Grilled Tomahawk Steak
If you’re looking to truly impress your guests, the ribeye is the king of cookout food. As one of the more expensive cuts of meat, it is essential that it is cooked correctly to get your money’s worth. Luckily, all it takes is a little simple seasoning and monitoring to achieve superb results. The most important steps include: bringing your tomahawks to room temperature, searing on high then moving to indirect heat, allowing the meat to rest for at least fifteen minutes, and slicing against the grain. Voila! Perfect, grilled tomahawk steak at home.
Gourmet Brazilian Pasta Salad
Nothing says “cookout” like pasta salad. Brazilians call cold noodle salad “macarronese,” since it is traditionally made with macaroni. Our preferred recipe subs in fusilli for the macaroni to allow the flavorful bacon and dijon dressing to coat every nook and cranny. Add in fresh and surprising ingredients, like shredded carrots, fresh tomatoes, and sweet peas, and you have a gourmet Brazilian pasta salad.
Feijoada with Farofa
Instead of the standard baked beans, try this Brazilian take: black beans slowly simmered in a flavorful broth with short ribs, bacon, and sausage. Topped with crispy farofa, feijoada is easily enjoyed as a main course or alongside your favorite cooked meat.
Actually a limeade, limonada suiça is sweet, tart, and refreshing. It is delicious chilled or blended with ice, and is also a fantastic mixer for something a little stronger (rum or cachaca, anyone?).
Your Next Cookout: Delivered
The best cookout food starts with the best quality ingredients. Skip the supermarket and visit Texas de Brazil’s online Butcher Shop to get premium cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and more delivered right to your door. Purchase a la carte or a specially curated box and get ready to enjoy the ultimate at-home barbecue experience.