My dream dinner would be a big plate of the Brazilian stew, Feijoada. It’s a dish made up of braised beans, pork and vegetables. It’s often times served with rice, sausage and a salad made up of delicious pickled things. I’ve been hoping to find someone to show me how to make it and luckily I did a few months back. Unfortunately, it’s not easy and many of the ingredients required to really achieve a good, authentic Feijoada aren’t all that easy to find. In lieu of that recipe, which I hope to share with you all at some point, are these delicious Brazilian truffles known as Brigadeiro.
They’re a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, butter, a bit of salt and cocoa powder, cooked until thick and delicious. The chocolate is then chilled so it hardens a bit. After the chilling process, the balls of chocolate are rolled in chocolate sprinkles. Now, you can do this too, but I found it even more fun to roll them in other tasty things like crushed potato chips, pretzels, chopped pistachios and walnuts. It’s no surprise that the potato chips were my absolute favorite.
If you’re heading to a World Cup party, I recommend these. They’re an absolute must! They’re easy, tasty and you can make them your absolute own.
- 1 (14-ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons, unsweetened cocoa powder
- For the decorating:
- Cooking spray or a 1 teaspoon of softened unsalted butter, for hands
- Handful of potato chips, crushed
- Handful of pretzels, crushed
- 10 pistachios, finely chopped
- 10 walnuts, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons chocolate sprinkles
- Lightly grease a medium-sized bowl with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, set over medium-low heat, add the sweetened condensed milk, unsalted butter and salt. Sift in the cocoa powder as to avoid lumps; mix until thoroughly combined.
- Stir continuously for about 10 to 15 minutes, until the mixture has thickened. A good test is to swipe a spatula through the mixture and if it's thick enough to separate so you can see the bottom of the pan, then it's good to go. Pour the mixture into the lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.
- Prep your decorating ingredients. On a large plate or cutting board, arrange the mounds of crushed potato chips, pretzels, chopped pistachios, walnuts and sprinkles. Lightly grease your hands with cooking spray or butter. Using a teaspoon, scoop out about a teaspoon of the chocolate mixture and roll it, on your palms, into a 1 1/2-inch ball and place inside of a small cupcake liner. Roll the ball in the sprinkle, nuts, pretzels or potato chips. Repeat the rolling and decorating process until you've worked your way through all of the chocolate mixture, spraying your hands with cooking spray every so often.
- Transfer the brigadeiros onto a cutting board or plate and place in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.
Yield: 12 servings
Adrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.