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Are you a "coxinha" lover?

Whoever ate the first coxinha was only the first in a very long list of lovers of one of Brazil’s favourite snack. From that long-ago day until today, millions of Brazilians have enjoyed billions of the tasty treat.
A coxinha, for those have never had the pleasure of eating one, is a thigh-shaped chicken croquette. That is, it is seasoned and shredded chicken meat enclosed in dough, then breaded and deep-fried. Brazilians, by and large, adore coxinhas and eat them on the run during a busy day in a coffee shop or snack bar, or have them at night accompanied by lots of icy beer in a boteco bar.
In truth, no one is really sure who created the coxinha and who was the lucky person who got to eat that very first one. But there is a charming legend in Brazil about how the coxinha came to be invented. It’s so charming that it doesn’t really matter if it’s true or not – it’s a fairy tale, complete with princes and kindly (and clever) domestic servants.
To read about Brazil’s (and the world’s) first coxinha, visit my blog.
James Pearce blogs about Brazilian cuisine directly from Fortaleza, Brazil

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