Feijoada (Brazilian Pork and Black Bean Stew)
Feijoada is the national dish of Brazil. It commonly consists of a variety of pork pieces and beans. Depending on which region you’re talking about, the beans can be black, white, kidney, or a mixture. This dish is typically served on Saturdays since it takes a long time to cook. I’ve cut down the overall time in my version and we were thrilled with the result. Because really, what mom (or anyone) has 17 hours to cook this dish? Mine is done in under 3 hours. So join in on the flavor a little south of the border!
2 Tbs Oil
1 large Onion
3 Garlic Cloves
6 Slices Bacon, cut in 1″ pieces
2 cans Black Beans, drained
4 c Water (enough to cover the beans and meat)
4 oz. Chorizo Sausage (3 links)
1 lb. Pork Ribs, bone in
7 oz. Smoked Sausage
7 oz. Andouli Sausage
2 Bay Leaves, crushed
1/8 tsp Coriander
1/8 tsp Pepper
1 1/2 tsp Cumin
1/4 c Fresh Parsley, chopped (4 tsp Dried Parsley)
1/2 c Green Onion, chopped
1/2 c Fresh Cilantro, chopped2 c Rice, uncooked (to serve the stew over)
In a large dutch oven (or stock pot), heat oil over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic. Add bacon and cook until rendered. Add in the black beans and water. Stir to combine. Place all of your meat in (I used about 3 pounds of meat total). Add your spices (coriander, pepper, cumin). Add your herbs (parsley, green onion, cilantro). Bring to a boil, then let simmer until the meat is cooked (170°) and falling off the bone (in the case of the ribs). This can take 1-2 hours depending on the size of your meat pieces. When the stew is almost done, cook the rice according to the directions on the package. Once the pork pieces have cooked fully, take them out of the stew and chop them up into large pieces (around 1″) and place on a plate grouped by meat.
To serve, place a bed of rice on a plate, ladle the bean and broth over the rice, and place your choice of meats on top. Serves 6.
You can see my plate on the left and my husbands plate on the right. We couldn’t decide on which plate looked more delicious. I hope you liked our culinary trip to Brazil. Is there a country you’d like us to visit? Let me know!