What is Brazilian Pizza?
Searching around on the web I found a lot of differnt thoughts. Mainly it seems thin crusted with less sauce and unique toppings.
Or is that just nonsence? I was reading there is a large Italian population in Brazil. So is the fame of the pizza just tied to the population and it is no differant than pizza anywhere?
This link from a Framingham, Mass place seems to focus on the toppings (corn, raisins, hard-boiled eggs and hearts of palm) rather than the crust.
However, the link below which has some excellent pictures of Brazlillian food, has a picture of a pizza which looks nothing like the US places I surfed that had pizza pics.
So what makes a pizza Brazilian?
This picture is from a SF pizza place.
As a side note, there is also something called Peruvian pizza, a dish offered for a short time at a new Peruvian rotisserie chicken joint near where I live. Unfortunately, because nobody ordered it, the owner stopped making them. He told me it would have toppings that include tropical fruit.
The key difference I recall between Brazilian pizza and what I'm accustomed to is the lack of tomato sauce. At best a very, very thin layer of basically ketchup is added under the toppings. Corn, eggs, meats we wouldn't normally put on pizza are all quite common things to find on Brazilian pizzas.
Corn, by the way, is fantastic on pizza. It's slightly sweet, provides a bit of crunch, but it's not hard. It's a lovely colour contrast to the many red things we usually put on pizza. Really, all around quite good.
Brazilian pizza is some of the worst pizza I've ever been exposed to in my life. Living down there (in Southern Brazil) for a summer and traveling with a group, we were forced to experience the pizza there approximately 6-10 times, all at different places around the Southern part of the country. The crust is thin, not well cooked (sometimes it was raw), and the toppings are quite unique. They will throw anything on it. The fruit pizzas were better than the savory, but honestly, there was nothing to write home about regarding any of the pizza there. Brazil needs to stick to churrasco :)
Putting ketchup (or "catch-up," as the packets pronounce) on it, from my recent experiences in Rio.
Not the best pizza, IMHO.
Connected w/other's comments on "weird" toppings, I had something while there called the "x-tudo," (pronounced "shees-tudo"). It's a hamburger topped with (are you ready!?):
shredded raw carrots and beets, canned peas, corn, ham, salami, boiled quail eggs, raisins, "special sauce," cheese, and maybe something else I'm forgetting.
It wasn't horrible, exactly, but I wouldn't order it again - too many disparate flavors that just didn't work together, for me.
Very cool. You may have solved a mystery for me. A local pizza place is selling something called a Brazilian X Salada. It is under the section with sandwiches and burgers. I can see them changing the name slightly so that with all those veggies on it the word salad gives an indication of what to expect.
From the pronuciation and description, I'll bet that's what this may be. Now I have to think about whether I want to give it a try or not.
Thanks for the info about the x-tudo(sheeze-tudo). I had one today. This new pizza place near me seems to sell Brazilian street food.
The only thing they had today was the x-salada, which after Googling the web, really was an x-tudo.
My understanding is that an x-salada is just a hamburger with lettuce and tomato on it. However an x-tudo means hamburger with everything.
My sandwich had everything burger, sliced hot dog, bacon, fried egg, cheese (maybe mozzarella), canned corn, lettuce, tomato and fried potato stiks (gave it a nice crunch). Served on the side were two squeeze bottles with catsup and mayonnaise. Looked like an x-Dagwood.
What does that x mean? It seems like there are a lot of sandwiches with an x in front like x-egg. Heres a link to pictures of some.
There is a blog (all in Portuguese, I assume), that has pictures of x-saladas around the world.
The English isnt that great at the pizza place. So any info on the following would help. The link below has pictures of a lot of these snack foods.
Im thinking this means pie and is some sort of turnover. Picture and recipe in Portuguese.
Another turnover/mini pie? Here an ENGLISH recipe and picture (whew
However, there seem to be shops just devoted to empadas in Brazil serving sweet and savory versions. This is a link to one that looks like a franchise.
It seems that empadas are also sold from carts.
These seem to be deep-fried triangular thingies stuffed with chicken and shaped like chicken drumsticks. Heres an English version recipe with picture.
Crème de Morango
Not coming up with anything on this except for hand cream (I think). I was told this was a strawberry milkshake.
Crème de Maracuja
Ok ... passion fruit ... passion fruit milkshake? That sounds interesting.
X means cheese. X sounds like cheese in portuguese, so instead of writing cheeseburger it is written X burger. All variations start with X, like X salada, X bacon, X tudo (tudo means ALL they serve on the other burgers) , X frango (chicken breast) , X Frangao (Frangao means big chicken but in reality is a X tudo version with a chicken breast), X calabresa ( Calabresa sausage). These are the most common ones. But you can literally choose on burger places hundreds of toppings, you name it they serve it. Weird but surprisingly good is mashed potatoes on theburger .
What makes people choose their burger places down here is really the quality of their assortment of mayos (plain, garlic and green onions are the most popular) and the quality of the bacon. I choose mine solely on the best homemade mayo available and make sure I have at least two different squeeze bottles on my table.