Dishes from Marajó Island

Brazil's Marajó Island—the largest surrounded by freshwater anywhere in the world—has a cuisine that's elemental, ingredient-focused, and intense, with kaleidoscopic flavors unlike any of the country's other regional cuisines. From camusclim, a layered dish of pasta, shrimp, béchamel sauce, and cheese, to sombremesa de banana com queijo, a luscious banana dessert drenched in sweetened condensed milk, these are some of the standout dishes of the region. Read more about Marajó Island »

Rice and Black-eyed Peas
Baião-de-Dois (Rice and Black-eyed Peas)

Bacon, chorizo, and annatto flavor this northern Brazilian take on rice and beans. See the recipe for Baião-de-Dois (Rice and Black-eyed Peas) »

Pasta and Shrimp Casserole
Camusclim (Pasta and Shrimp Casserole)

This creamy-zesty pasta casserole combines shrimp, melted cheese, and bechamel. See the recipe for Camusclim (Pasta and Shrimp Casserole) »

Steak with Melted Mozzarella
Filé Marajoara (Steak with Melted Mozzarella)

Fresh water buffalo cheese melted over filet mignon is a classic dish of Soure, Brazil; mozzarella is a perfect substitute. See the recipe for Filé Marajoara (Steak with Melted Mozzarella) »

Brazilian Fish Stew
Moqueca (Brazilian Fish Stew)

This hearty stew can be made with any firm-fleshed white fish, such as catfish or halibut. See the recipe for Moqueca (Brazilian Fish Stew) »

Banana and Cheese Pudding
Sombremesa de Banana com Queijo (Banana and Cheese Pudding)

Fresh bananas layered with sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese comprise this sumptuous Brazilian dessert. See the recipe for Sombremesa de Banana com Queijo (Banana and Cheese Pudding) »

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