Salgados~ Pastel, Coxhinas, Empadas, Empanadas, Empadinha??

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.

Coxhinas & Pastels

Yum! Individual Chicken potpies

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!


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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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