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 Feijoada a Brazilian Recipe

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(Rice and Beans with Meat) a Brazilian Recipe

 
 
 

 

 

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Feijoada is Brazil's most famous dish and a very good option for a dinner party. I usually make this recipe for 10 to 12 people. Since I grew up having at least 15 people to eat feijoada at my folks, I just followed the tradition. The recipe bellow is the "real thing" but you can omit some of the ingredients if you like. For instance, I do not put the feet and the ears in. You may have to adapt since some of the ingredients may be hard to find depending of where you live. Before the feijoada we have Caipirinhas. That is Dave's department, my American husband, who has become a Caipirinha expert over the years and is as good at making them as a Brazilian.

Ingredients:

3 lb black beans
1 lb "carne seca" (Brazilian salted cured beef)
2 lb of various pork sausages (smoked)
1 lb pork tenderloin
1 lb spareribs (salted)
10 oz of thick bacon
10 oz pork ear (salted)
2 pork feet
2 large onions
3 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
olive oil, parsley, spring onions


Directions:

1. The night before, soak the salted meat (ears, spareribs) in a lot of water (Approximately 4 inches). In a separate bowl, soak the beans in a lot of water (Approximately 4 inches). On the following day, drain the
beans and place them in a large pot; cover with water by 3 inches and bring to a boil and reduce to medium heat. Drain the salted meat, place it in a large pot and cover with water, bring to a boil. Boil the meat for about
5 minutes. Drain and reserve.

2. Cut all the meat into small pieces. Cut the sausages and the carne seca in 1 inch-pieces. After 30 minutes of cooking the beans, add all the other meat EXCEPT for the sausages, which will be added later. Stir from time to
time. When the beans and meat are almost cooked, add the sausages and finish cooking everything together. Add more water if necessary. Check the salt.

3. Shred the onions and smash the garlic. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onions and garlic and cook until golden brown. Add the parsley and spring onions and cook for about 5 minutes. Add two ladlefuls of beans and mash them; put everything in the beans and meat pot. Simmer until the feijoada gets thicker, creamy.

4. Feijoada is served with white rice, collard greens (saute), farofa, vinaigrette and a hot sauce. To assemble the plate, serve white rice, put a ladle of feijoada on top. On the side, around the rice and beans, put all the other side dishes.

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