Viva, Brasil!

Every four years, in summer and winter, all eyes turn to one of the most exciting sporting events in the world. New heroes emerge. Nations large and small celebrate. And fans everywhere learn about the culture and customs of the countries hosting the games. In 2016, Brazil is in the spotlight. That means, of course, it’s time to fire up the grill.

 

Have flame, will feast.

Brazil is famous for open fire cooking, and there’s no better way to enjoy cheering on your favorite athletes this summer — or during any sporting season — than with grilled goods of your own. The best news is, foods prized as street fare are quick and easy to make at home. The churrasco tradition of Brazil is centuries old, and it’s a perfect go-to grilling method for today

Easy on, delish off.

In the recipe for Brazilian Chicken Churrasco Skewers with Herbal Garlic Vinaigrette, the recommend technique is slicing the chicken breasts crosswise into thin strips, then refrigerating the meat for an hour in a marinade featuring piri-piri sauce. Piri-piri sauce is a Portuguese hot chile sauce, but other hot sauces can be substituted. Once the chicken has been threaded onto the skewers and the grill is hot, the meat will cook very quickly and evenly. Plan on 5-7 minutes.

Earn all the medals.

Like an athlete giving just a little more effort to make the podium, you can clinch gold by serving these skewers with Herbal Garlic Vinaigrette. Traditionally made by pounding the herbs, garlic, peppers and other ingredients in a mortar and pestle, this aromatic sauce can also be made in a mini-chopper. Saúde!

Victory lap.

Another great Brazilian snack tradition are small pastries packed with different fillings. Known as empandinhas or salgadinhos, they’re similar to the empanadas of Argentina or the patties of the Caribbean. They’re easy to make with pie crust dough you can find in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. Make them ahead of time, and then sit back, enjoy watching the world’s best athletes excel on a global stage and give a nod to the rich, flavorful food traditions of Brazil.