Feijoada, the National Dish of Brazil

4 1/4 lbs black beans
1 1/4 lbs dried beef
1 lb salt cured pork
1 lb bacon
1 lb smoked sausage
6 pieces dried sausage
1 piece smoked beef tongue
2 pigs ears
2 pigs tail (or equal amount of ox tail)
2 pigs trotters
1 large chopped onion
1 medium chopped onlion
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cloves garlic
3 bay leaves
hot peppers
rice, manioc, couscous or fried, shredded kale

Place beans and salted meats in SEPARATE bowls. Cover each with water. Keep covered with water for 24 hours; but change water every 6 hours.

Put ALL ingredients into a very large cooking pan and cover with water. Add ½ orange, 3 bay leaves, 1 medium chopped onion and pepper.

Cook everything over a low heat and gradually withdraw the meats as they are cooked to prevent them from becoming too soft.

In a separate pan heat a tablespoon of soybean oil and fry the 6 cloves of garlic and the large chopped onion. Pour into the beans and mix well.

Temporarily remove a cup of the beans and crush with a wooden spoon to thicken the sauce.

Serve with white rice, manioc (in the US you may want to substitute couscous) or fried, shredded kale along with oranges and hot peppers.


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