Feijoada – Brazilian Stew

Feijoada - Brazilian Stew
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Feijoada, Brazilian Stew, is Brazil's national meat and black bean dish. Feijoada should contain pork, beef and sausage with at least one smoked meat product.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Brazilian
Serves: 8 servings
  • 6 - 14.5 ounce cans of Black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 pound Pork (shoulder, brisket, butt, smoked or fresh), cut into bite size chunks
  • 1 pound Beef (stewing beef, chuck or *carne seca), cut into bite size chunks
  • 1 pound Sausages (fresh or smoked, chorizo is a good choice), cut into bite size chunks
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • Water -- to cover
  • Salt and pepper -- to season
  1. * If using carne seca, soak it overnight in fresh water to rehydrate and remove excess salt.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high flame. Brown the meat in batches and set aside.
  3. Add the onions to the hot pot and saute until translucent and wilted, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and saute for another minute or so.
  4. Add the drained beans, browned meats, bay leaves and enough water to cover everything by about 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium-high flame. Then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed to keep the ingredients moist.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer for another hour or so until the meats are very tender.
  6. Serve hot over rice with simmered greens, orange slices, and bottled hot sauce.

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