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Feijoada Recipe

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With spring, the weather can come on chilly rainy days. Those days are perfect for a hearty meal, and soups and stews sure hit the spot. If you’re looking for something new to try and want something flavorful, you’re going to love feijoada.

What does feijoada mean?

Feijoada translates into bean stew. However, this bean stew often has at least one type of meat included in the ingredients.

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Why is feijoada the national dish of Brazil?

The dish doesn’t have the best history. Slaves were given leftovers and turned those leftovers into a flavorful stew of black beans and pork. It’s the perfect example of unwanted food being turned into something delicious. Another example is collard greens that are a traditional food of the Southeast in America and were also perfected by slaves.

What goes with Brazilian feijoada?

Speaking of collard greens, collard greens and white rice are served with Brazilian feijoada.

Can you freeze Feijoada?

Yes! The stew does really well in the freezer when stored in an airtight container or freezer bag. You can store the stew in the freezer for up to three months.

How long can I store feijoada?

If you’re storing the stew in the refrigerator, it will last up to a week. This is one of those stews that will taste better and better as the flavors have time to meld.

What are the ingredients to make feijoada?

To make this bean stew you are going to need the following ingredients:

  • Dry black beans
  • Olive oil
  • Chorizo sausages
  • Smoked sausage
  • Onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Tomatoes
  • Bay leaves
  • Water

How to make feijoada

Now that you have gathered your ingredients it is time to make feijoada. All you have to do is follow the steps below:

Soak the beans overnight. Discard the water. This step not only ensures that the beans are thoroughly cleaned but supposedly helps remove the enzyme that causes gastrointestinal distress from eating beans.

Heat the olive oil in a pot. Cook the sausages until slightly crispy. Transfer to a plate. Don’t toss the rendered fat from the sausage; this will add great flavor to the dish.

Add the onion to the same pot and saute until transparent, around 6 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute or until fragrant. Add the tomato and cook for 4 more minutes or until the tomato begins to darken in color. The sugars in the onion and tomato will caramelize and add great flavor.

Add the beans and half the sausages and cover with water. Cover with a lid and cook for 2 hours or until the beans are soft.

Uncover the pot and cook for 35 more minutes or until the stew is thick and creamy. Top with the reserved sausages.

Your feijoada is ready to serve!

Feijoada Recipe

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Feijoada Recipe

Feijoada Recipe

Yield: About 4 Servings
Prep Time: 1 day
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 1 day 2 hours

Feijoada is a traditional dish served in various regions of Brazil, Portugal, and Angola. It's known for being a hearty stew that usually includes black beans, meat (usually beef or pork), bacon, sausage, rice with manioc flour, and vegetables. This dish is rich in protein and dietary fiber, so it's perfect for serving on the cold winter days!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry black beans
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Chorizo sausages, sliced
  • 1 Smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 7 cups water

Instructions

Soak the beans overnight. Discard the water.

Heat the olive oil in a pot. Cook the sausages until slightly crispy.

Transfer to a plate.

Add the onion to the same pot and saute until transparent, around 6 minutes.

Add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute or until fragrant. Add the tomato and cook for 4 more minutes or until the tomato begins to darken in color.

Add the beans and half the sausages and cover with water. Cover with a lid and cook for 2 hours or until the beans are soft.

Uncover the pot and cook for 35 more minutes or until the stew is thick and creamy. Top with the reserved sausages.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 642Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 570mgCarbohydrates: 77gFiber: 19gSugar: 5gProtein: 35g

These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.

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