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Classic recipes from Brazil

Empadinhas (Savoury pies)

This is a recipe from a BMS recipe book, Tickling the Palate, published a long time ago in the days before healthy eating.


Ingredients per pie:

  • 4 oz flour (100g)
  • ¼ oz lard (5g)
  • 1 tbs butter or margarine
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 fl oz water (25ml)
  • filling





1)  Make filling for pastry and set aside. Rub fats into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.


2)  Add the egg, salt and just enough water to make dough. Roll out and line small pattie tins, saving some dough for the 'lids' when pies are filled.


3)  Brush tops with egg yolk. Fill tins and bake in hot oven (230 degrees C, Gas Mk 8) until golden brown.


For a cheese filling: Mix 8 oz (225g) of grated cheese with 5 fl oz (140 ml) milk, 1 tbs melted butter or margarine and 2 eggs.


For a shrimp filling:
Using 1 tbsp of oil, saute onion, green pepper and chopped tomatoes, filled out with as much shrimp as will fit. Add chopped shrimp and cook slowly. Thicken with a little flour and milk. Add salt and pepper to taste.



Rice, Brazil style!


Ingredients for this one depend on how much rice people want to eat, but originally this recipe was called 'Rice and Things for Hungry Boys' so err on the side of generosity.




  • Cooked rice
  • Chopped cooked chicken (2-3 oz / 50-70g per person)
  • Chopped cooked vegetables (carrots, peas)
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • Small pieces of spring onion leaves





1)  Put rice into a large pan and fry for a few minutes with the cooked chicken and vegetables. Stir in eggs.


2)  Cook for about two minutes. Lastly, stir in small pieces of spring onion green leaves.


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