What is all this you ask? It all sounds greek to me! Well actually it’s Brazilian and they are the Brazilian foods that you can buy at every street corner, shop, cafe, beach vendor…they are everywhere and they are so delicious!! There is even mini pot pies and chicken on a stick with cheese! Yum!!!
Brazilians love little snacks to tide them over from meal to meal, or to nibble while having drinks at a bar or restaurant with friends. Salgados is the name for these snacks -which literally translates as “salted (things)”. Salgados are not all necessarily salty, but they are called that to distinguish them from sweet snacks that are popular here too.
So…what is the difference?
Pastel~ A pastel is a rectangular stuffed pastry that is deep-fried. Pastels have been part of the Brazilian food culture for almost a century. Their origins can be traced back to the early-20th Century when Japanese immigrated to Brazil. One always-popular item in the Asian restaurants was the deep-fried spring roll, and it’s from these small rolls that the pastel developed.
Coxhinas~ A coxinha is a small, teardrop-shaped chicken croquette. Shredded chicken mixed with a bit of cheese and seasonings is surrounded with dough, shaped into a small teardrop meant to look like a chicken thigh ( coxhina translated means little thigh), breaded and then deep-fried. Coxinhas come in all sizes, from mini cocktail sizes to large ones.
Empadas/Empanadas ~ a small double-crusted pie filled with chicken and cream cheese. They first appeared in Portugal
Empadinha~ Pastry typically filled with shrimp, palm hearts or chicken and cheese.
Don’t they all look delicious! You can even get these delicious snacks on a stick!
Yum! This post is making me hungry… I think I will get David to pick up a couple chicken pies for dinner tonight. Hope you’re having a great day!