Brazilian Feijoada

Brazilian Feijoada is a black bean and pork stew that is often served with farofa, toasted cassava flour. This comfort food is sometimes called the national dish of Brazil.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl with water, soak beans overnight.
  • When you are ready to make your stew, in a large heavy-bottom soup pot, over medium heat, add the oil and bacon. Cook until crisp and transfer to a plate.
  • Use the same saucepan to brown ribs and sausages in batches. Set aside.
  • If needed, add more oil to the pan. On medium-high, sauté onion and garlic until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse the soaked beans. Add them to the pot along with the ribs, bacon, sausages, salt, pepper, bay leave. Cover with water (about 8 cups).
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Cover and let it cook for 2 to 2 and a half hours, or until the beans are soft.
  • If the stew is too “liquidy”, uncover the saucepan and continue to cook for another 20 minutes to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.
  • Serve with white rice and sprinkle some farofa on top.

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