Brazilian Delicacies No. 3: Carne de Sol
Brazil is a melting pot of cultures and influences, meaning they have some of the best food in the world. Here's a few of our favourites.
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While we're engrossed in the magnificent World Cup taking place at the moment, there are a few things that are making us insanely jealous of the lucky ducks who actually managed to blag their way to Brazil.
The opportunity to watch some of the biggest names in the world in the flesh on the biggest stage of all is obviously top of the list, as is the beautiful weather, the sandy beaches and, of course, the native food that thousands upon thousands of travelling fans are no doubt sampling for the first time on the trip.
Having already told you more about feijodas and coxinhas, today it’s the turn of Carne de Sol, a dish popular in the north of Brazil and, as with a lot of dishes produced in the country, it’s as meat-heavy as you might expect.
You can tell by the name of some foods whether they’re going to be delicious or diabolical (Gruel, for example, has never sounded particularly appetising), but when the name of a dish translates directly as ‘meat of the sun’ you know you’re onto a winner straight away.
The prime ingredient of Carne de Sol is beef, which is heavily salted and often left in the sun for several days to cure and it can be served in a variety of different ways, either as a burger with a few chips, for example, with onions or as paçoca, with the meat ground down into small, easily digestible fragments.
Not many people will complain of not having their appetite sated after sampling this Brazilian delicacy and, while we doubt Neymar and company will be devouring it as a pre-match meal or anything like that (it might be a bit heavy for that), it’s not going to disappoint the many others who will try it over the course of the next few weeks.
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