Unless you have been living on Mars, you cannot have failed to notice that there is a lot of football on the TV at the moment. The world cup has been hosted in Brazil this year and as a result of that, I was recently challenged by Magimix to make a 4 course Brazilian feast using a Magimix CS 4200 XL Food Processor. This is a perfect meal that you could make all or part of to feed your mates as you watch the world cup final this weekend. My recipes below are not truly authentic but they do bring the taste of Brazil to your kitchen.
I have lusted after a Magimix food processor for ages so when I offered one for this task, I was on cloud 9! I have been using it for around three weeks now and am already completely in love with it. I have used as many functions as I can in the following recipes but I have hardly scratched the surface. I cannot wait to cook with it more soon. The food processor comes with a box of tricks which includes:
- Extra large feed tube
- 3 bowls
- knife blade and a mini one for the smallest bowl
- Blender mix
- dough blade
- egg whisk
- 2 sizes of slicing discs
- 2 sizes of grating discs
The food processor feels really solid and as long as I treat it with care, I am sure I will have it for a very long time. I am already eyeing up buying the creative kit and the dough bowl kit for it to extend the many kitchen jobs it can already do! Anyway, on with the recipes!
Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)
Tapioca flour is quite chewy. The end result may not be to everyone’s taste. My husband loved it but I was not so sure. These are gluten free though which may make someone’s night!
Ingredients (makes 12 small buns)
- 170g tapioca flour
- 1 egg
- 100ml whole milk
- 50ml olive oil and extra for greasing tin
- 70g hard cheese, e.g. cheddar
- 1tsp English Mustard Powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees C and grease a cupcake/muffin tin with a bit of oil
- Grate the cheese in the 4mm grater and set aside
- Put all the ingredients in the main Magimix bowl and then blend using knife blade until combined
- Pour into cupcake/muffin tin and fill 3/4 way full
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until crisp on the outside but soft and chewy in the middle
- Serve warm with Moqueca (recipe below) or on their own as a pre-match snack!
Moqueca (Brazilian Fish Stew)
This recipe is not traditional as it does not contain coconut milk. However this recipe has a real fresh feel and the lime juice added in at the end, gives it a zesty kick!
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, peeled
- 1 large pepper, colour of your choice with seeds and white bits removed
- 1 jalapeño chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 150ml fish stock
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 500g cod loin, skinned and cut into 2-3 inch chunks
- 300g prawns, peeled and de-veined
- large bunch of coriander eaves and very tops of stalks, chopped
- 1 lime
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Using the small slicing disc, chop up the onion and the pepper in the Magimix medium sized bowl and set aside for a minute
- In a large pan, add the oil and allow to heat up. Add the onion and the pepper, and fry until softened.
- Once softened, add the garlic and the chilli and fry for a minute more.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, fish stock and paprika.
- If you would like a smoother finish to your stew, you could use the blendermix on your Magimix now before you add in the seafood.
- Once blended (if desired), bring back up to heat and then add the cod loin into the stew. Put the lid on and allow to simmer gently for a few minutes.
- After a few minutes, add in the prawns and allow to cook through for another couple of minutes.
- Once cooked, turn off the heat and add in the lime juice, coriander, salt and pepper then stir gently so you do not break up the fish too much. Serve in big bowls, eat and of course enjoy!
Churrasco Steak with Salsa and Coriander Rice
In Brazil, Churrasco (BBQ) is very popular. Usually after being cooked on the BBQ, meat is dipped in a salt brine. This recipe gives this feeling but with a less salty taste as the meat is marinated before cooking.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
For the steak
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 tsp sea salt flakes
- 1 lime
- 2 steaks (I used sirloin)
- salt and pepper
For the Salsa
- 1 onion, peeled
- 1 large tomato or 3/4 smaller ones
- 1 pepper, colour of your choice
- small bunch of coriander
- 1 lime
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp olive oil
For the rice,
- 150g long grain rice, cooked according to packet instructions
- small bunch of coriander, chopped
- In the small bowl of the Magimix, blend the garlic cloves and the salt together until they form a fine paste. Add the olive oil and lime juice and blend them again briefly until combined. Pour over the steak and set aside at room temperature to marinate for an hour.
- Using the large grater attachment of the Magimix, chop up the onion, pepper and tomato(es) and then put in another bowl and add the lime juice, olive oil , salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to serve.
- Remove any excess marinate from the steak and cook on a preheated BBQ, griddle or frying pan for 3/5 minutes a side (depending on size of steak) for medium, remove and set aside to rest.
- Cook the rice according to the package instructions, then using a fork stir through with chopped coriander. Serve with the steak, salsa and a large glass of red wine!
Brazilian Inspired Strawberry & Lime Cheesecake Pots
This recipe is Brazilian inspired. It uses condensed milk which is a traditional Brazilian ingredient in desserts teamed with cream cheese to make the filling. The lime zest cuts through the richness of the condensed milk and turns it into a refreshing summer dessert. This recipe contains raw egg white so it is not suitable for pregnant women
Ingredients (Makes 4 little ramekins)
- 12 digestive biscuits
- 50g unsalted butter, melted
- 100g condensed milk
- 100g cream cheese
- 1 egg white
- 1 lime
- 4 strawberries, hulled to decorate the top
- In the small bowl of the Magimix, break up the biscuits until they are a fine crumb. Add in the butter and mix again until combined. Put in the bottom of the ramekins and press down with a spoon to form a smooth base. Put in the fridge to set while you make the filling.
- Using the small bowl of the Magimix again, mix together the cream cheese and condensed milk until blended. Remove and set aside.
- Using main bowl of the Magimix and the egg whisk, whisk the egg white until thick and frothy. Gently fold into the egg white into the cream cheese and condensed milk mixture. Add the zest of 1 lime and then pour into the ramekins.
- Put in the fridge and leave until set. It will not set completely but there should not be much of a wobble. Top with a strawberry and enjoy!
I really enjoyed making these recipes and I hope you will too, whether you make them for the world cup or for a summer inspired feast, anytime in the year. The Magimix did make the job of creating these dishes much easier, however I designed them so they are easy to make, whether you have a food processor or not.
Saúde! (Cheers! in Brazilian Portuguese)
Disclosure: I was sent a Magimix CS 4200 XL Food Processor to keep for the purpose of this post. All recipes and opinions are my own.