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3 Brazilian Dishes for the Summer Olympics

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Heading to Rio or watching the Olympics from the comfort of your living room? Try these three foods

Rio de Janeiro is known for its picturesque beaches like Ipanema and Copacabana; traditional foods incorporating beef, pork, and seafood; and the Christ the Redeemer monument atop Corcovado Mountain, known as one of the seven wonders of the world. Next summer, around 480,000 tourists are predicted to visit Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 summer Olympic Games, which will take place from August 5 to 21.

Whether you’re heading to Rio to witness some incredible athletes’ dreams come true or hosting a viewing party at your home, here are a few dishes to try to pay homage to Brazilian culture.

Brigadeiros

Brigadeiros are a favorite Brazilian dessert similar to truffles that are often served at parties. The recipe calls for butter, chocolate, and condensed milk, and sprinkle options include chopped nuts, vermicelli, and cocoa powder. Make sure to pick one up in Rio de Janeiro when you’re craving something sweet, or whip up a batch for an Olympics viewing party.

Pão de Queijo

It’s hard to go wrong with cheese and bread, and this Brazilian dish might just be the food version of Mr. Right. Made with tapioca, eggs, and grated cheese from the Minas region, the bread balls can also be stuffed with cream cheese or meat.

Tutu à Mineira

This dish is served in all traditional Brazilian eateries. The recipe calls for hard-boiled eggs, black beans, olive oil, and Brazilian smoked sausage. Bacon and garlic are also featured ingredients.