Brazilian Style Barbecue
Whether you love eating while watching the world cup or getting the barbecue fired up in the garden, Brazilian cuisine is topping the menus this summer and there is no reason you shouldn't take the ideas home with you...
We got together with chef Andy Bates (@eatmypies), fresh back from Brazil to talk us through three recipes using beef or lamb on the barbecue - or 'churrasco' as it's called in Brazil:
The picanha is a lean beef cut taken from the top of the rump muscle and it has a tasty top layer of fat that gives a truly decadent flavour. Pronounced "pic-an-yah" this simplybeefandlamb.co.uk staff favourite is widely considered Brazil's most popular cut and is proving popular in UK butchers looking for new cuts for their customers.
Andy's recipe incorporates a delicately flavoured and unusual white bean mash and his salsa verde. Andy's version of this classic contains anchovies and hazelnuts to give it a truly Brazilian feel.
Lamb chunkies are small, flavoursome cuts from the shoulder which are scored on top to make them easier to cook through quickly. Andy marinated the chunkies overnight in a mixture of Brazilian rum, onions, lime and 'melado de cana' - a sugar derivative similar to molasses or treacle. Once cooked through on the barbecue, Andy served the chunkies on a tasty fruit farofa made from cassava flour. The farofa provides an unusual and delicious accompaniment with a 'sandy' texture complementary to the texture of the lamb.
These delicious brisket 'fingers' are marinated overnight in ale honey and garlic before being slow cooked and breaded then deep-fried. Their easy to eat tapas style makes them great for informal dining and their wonderful flavour makes the three-stage process worthwhile.
Tri Tip steaks, are from the rump tip - near to where the picanha (above) is from. They aren't widely available yet, but the chimichurri marinade is great to use on a steak of your choice. The vinegar in the chimichurri tenderises the steak while it marinates and the chopped leaves give a fresh taste and good colour.
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