Review_ boi na braza offers taste of brazil

Gaucho servers Alceu Klagenberg (left) and Osvaldo Magana pose with cuts of meat in the dining room at Boi na Braza Brazilian Steak House. Homemade tomato spaghetti sauce fresh tomatoes (Photo: The Enquirer/Sam Greene) Buy Photo

We haven’t been hearing really great things about Brazil in the lead-up to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Best homemade pasta sauce fresh tomatoes Constant reports about viruses and corruption and sewage may make it seem like a country with nothing but problems.

Of course, that’s not true.

Easy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe Not that I’ve ever been there, more’s the pity. Easy homemade white sauce for pasta But the country that created samba and bossa nova, the country that’s among the most biologically diverse on the planet, that has perfected soccer and the string bikini and that converses in one of the most beautiful languages ever spoken obviously has a lot going for it.

Though I’ve never been entirely sure if the churrascaria format was imported more or less intact, or if what we have here is an American variation.

So in honor of the Olympics and its host country this year, I visited Boi na Braza, the Brazilian churrascaria that’s been serving spit-roasted meat Downtown for … years. How to make homemade sauce for pasta I took my new son-in-law, who lived in Brazil for several years and went to churrascarias frequently, just to see if he thought the experiences there and here were similar.

While we most often think of Brazil as rainforest, the south of the country is a beef-raising area, and the gauchos of the grasslands are legendary, like our cowboys. Pasta sauce homemade They have lots of meat to roast, and traditionally did it over live fire. Sauce for pasta with chicken A churrascaria has roasted meat, served on a long skewer by men dressed as gauchos. Recipe for homemade pasta sauce They bring it to your table and carve it onto your plate until you say uncle.

Everyone knows the serious eating of meat has to be done in an atmosphere with chandeliers and lots of dark wood and white linen, much like an American steakhouse. Homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch with fresh tomatoes You could sit, have a glass of wine and relax a bit before you start, but one of the nice things about the format is that you can dig in immediately. Homemade fresh tomato pasta sauce If you want to enjoy some salads and so on first, just remember to turn over the card on your table to its red side. Best homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch If it’s green, they’ll keep trying to get you to say yes, like a nonprofit you’ve donated to before. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe to can Or an Italian mother.

You have only yourself to regulate your intake at the appetizer/salad bar. Sauce for pasta and sausage Remember that you’re here for meat, and take dainty scoops of potato salad and squid salad with peppers, a few slices of smoked salmon and prosciutto, slivers of cheese, a few olives and artichoke hearts and marinated beets and salmon mousse. Making homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch Though it’s all of such good quality and variety that I can easily see paying the $25 that it costs to just have this for dinner. Homemade tomato basil pasta sauce (Apparently, in Brazil there’s often sushi, but not here.)

Then there’s the meat: 15 kinds, all delicious. Homemade tomato pasta sauce You can just be open and take everything as it comes, or you can strategically wait for the ones you like the best. Best homemade spaghetti sauce recipe for canning Without a doubt, that’s the picanha, the most famous cut. Tomato pasta sauce with cream cheese This is the one you see in photos, pieces skewered with a curve of crisp fat on the outside. Homemade pasta sauce to freeze It’s part of the rump, but cut with the fat on in. That broiled fat melts into the flavorful meat for a blissful union of fat and lean. It only came around once, unfortunately, before we were too full to eat any more.

But there’s also delicious filet mignon wrapped in bacon, and whole lamb chops and leg of lamb, with a good robust lamb flavor, and rib eye and sausages and chicken and pork loin. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe paula deen I’d say skip the sausages, and if you want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck, the chicken.

To go with the meatfest, there are polenta fries on the table (which you also get if you only get the appetizer buffet, another point in its favor), crisp outside, beautifully creamy inside, french fries and caramelized banana, which is practically dessert, and pao de queijo, a cheesy bread made from cassava flour.

At the bar, there are super-creamy mashed potatoes, black beans and rice (not the full Brazilian feijoada, but an essential part of Brazilian cuisine), broccoli in cheddar sauce and rich pasta. Homemade tomato and basil pasta sauce Skip the pasta; it’s too filling.

Usually an all-you-can-eat situation is a trade-off of quantity for quality, but this truly isn’t. Homemade spaghetti sauce from ketchup You can eat what seems like about a $10 appetizer, get $30 worth of meat, and side dishes you’d pay $10 for at a steakhouse, and you’re even-steven. Best homemade spaghetti sauce with fresh tomatoes You’re not getting anything artfully prepared; it’s more about good ingredients and good roasting and a sense of abundance.

My son-in-law’s conclusion: Just like the churrascarias in Sao Paulo, but with better-quality meat. Making pasta sauce from scratch with tomatoes He just thought they should have papaya creme, like a mousse, that his Brazilian friends always poured creme de cassis on.

They do have it. Making sauce for pasta They also have a dessert cart with far more American desserts, like turtle cheesecake. Homemade pasta sauce for toddlers I had a Brazilian flan, which was delicious.

You know who’d get a good deal at a churrascaria? An Olympic athlete. Easy homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch Think how much pichana and polenta sticks you could eat if you’d just fenced, swum, shot, rode horses and run in the pentathalon or rowed across Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in Copacabana.