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Flavorful Appetizers for a Brazilian-inspired Summer Party

Acaraje appetizers

Hosting a ‘hot’ summer cocktail party for your wedding? Why not make it with a Brazilian twist? Plan a menu that calls for fittingly flavorful appetizers to get the occasion ‘in theme’ from the very first bite! Lucky for us all, there’s an entire array of delicious finger foods to choose from in Brazil’s famed cuisine. In fact, creating this selection of appetizers got us hungry ourselves. You’ll see what we mean as you savor these suggestions. Make your choices, then get ready to samba!

Scrumptious Appetizers for a Cocktail Party

Appetizers for a Brazilian cocktail party

1 – Coxinha – Perhaps the most popular Brazilian appetizer, these are chicken croquettes encased in a crusty coating of fried batter (image: Vila Pompeia). Recipe to try via Cook Brazil.com

2 – Pao de quiejo – Another much-loved Brazilian staple, this is cheese bread made with tapioca starch and cheddar cheese. Recipe to try via Kirbie Cravings.

3 – Brazilian beef pasteis – Deep-friend patties stuffed with a savoury filling of shredded beef, olives, and raisins in a spicy tomato sauce. Recipe to try via Crumb blog

4 – Acaraje – Crispy black-eyed pea fritters slit length-wise and stuffed with shrimp. Fritters recipe to try Brazilian Recipes, which includes a dipping sauce.

5 – Salpicao – Brazilian style chicken salad, made with ingredients such as chicken breast, julienned apples and carrots, and mayo that is served on a bed of crunchy shoestring potatoes. Recipe to try via Mama Moderne.

6 – Salada de palmito – Heart of palm salad, topped with ricotta cheese and a tangy vinaigrette dressing. Recipe to try via Pupunha Carioca

7 – Escondidinho de camarao – Shrimp and yuca Brazilian-style gratin, made with large shrimps, yuca root, and Mascarpone cheese. Recipe to try via Cynthia Presser.com

8 – Pineapple-Manchego Skewers – Chunks of caramelized fresh pineapple paired with cubes of Manchego (or Gouda) cheese served on skewers. Recipe (The Brazilian Kitchen) to try via Food Republic

9. Bolinho de arroz – This easy to prepare recipe uses leftover rice combined with ingredients like diced onions, eggs, flour, and cornstarch. See Tablespoon for the full recipe.

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