By Pedro Souza
June 26, 2016
The Portuguese word “salgado” literally means “salty”, but in Brazil it has acquired another meaning as well. Salgados are snacks sold by grocery stores, bars, street vendors and gas stations all across the country. Coming in many shapes, they have become a staple of Brazilian food. Below, we have listed some of the best salgados we have to offer to make your mouth water.
Coxinha: Probably the most popular salgado, the coxinha is found all over the country. It consists of shredded chicken meat and catupiry cheese covered in dough, molded into a shape that resembles a water drop and then fried in oil. If you ever go to Brazil, do not miss your chance to try a coxinha.
Pão de queijo (Cheese bread): One of the main staples of Brazilian food, pães de queijo are nothing more than cheese-flavored baked roll. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these snacks are as delicious as they are simple.
Bolinha de queijo (Cheese balls): As the name implies, this is nothing more than a ball of cheese covered in dough and fried. Sometimes ham is also added to the filling.
Empadinha: Empadinhas are miniature pies that can be filled with a variety of things. Some of the most common fillings are chicken, heart of palm and shrimp, but the possibilities are pretty much endless.
Risole: A moon sized snack filled with ham and cheese and sometimes fried. Different fillings such as shrimp or meat can also be used.
Kibe: Made of fried ground beef and bulgar wheat, kibes are always a good call. Originally from the middle east, they can be found in almost any gas station and street bar in Brazil nowadays.
Pastel: A staple of Brazilian street food, a pastel is nothing more than a half-circle or rectangle-shaped fried pastry with a filling. While pastéis are sold in bars, restaurants and a diversity of places, they are commonly associated with street vendors and street fairs.
Bolinho de Aipim: Delicious fried yucca balls filled with meat, chicken or cheese.
Croquete (Croquette): Fried croquettes are quite popular in Brazil, especially as bar food. While there are different types of croquettes, meat croquettes are a favorite.
Acarajé: A typical snack from the northeastern state of Bahia, the acarajé is a deep fried black-eyed pea cake filled with dried shrimp and topped with coconut, cashews, garlic, pepper and more shrimp. In Bahia, acarajés are often sold by street vendors.
Esfiha: A salgado of Arabic origin, the esfiha is baked snack filled with meat and vegetables or cheese. These delicious snacks can be made open like a pizza or closed like a calzone. To make it even better, you can sprinkle some lemon juice on it.