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Feijoada (Brazilian Black Bean and Meat Stew)

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3 h 30 m
Main dish: Feijoada (Brazilian Black Bean and Meat Stew)
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Servings: 4
Dried black beans
3 cups (1/2 lb), soaked overnight, drained
Smoked bacon
3 strips, sliced
Pork ribs
1 ¼ lb
3 chorizo sausages
Pork shoulder
1 lb, large diced
to taste
Fresh ground black pepper
to taste
3 medium onions
4 cloves, minced
Chili flakes
to taste
Extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsps
2 bay leaves
White wine vinegar - 2 tbsps
Steamed rice
for serving
Fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped
for serving
Hot sauce
for serving
Orange wedges
for serving
  • In a large, heavy-based saucepan, fry bacon until crisp. Remove bacon, but keep the grease. Sear ribs, sausages and pork shoulder dices in the grease in batches to let them brown properly. Season each batch with salt and pepper, set aside.
  • If the saucepan has no grease left, add a little olive oil. Add onions, garlic and chili flakes, season with salt and pepper. Fry for about 8 minutes until soft.
  • Put meat back in to the saucepan, add bay leaves, vinegar, and beans. Cover with water and bring to boil. Reduce heat and let simmer under the lid for about 2 hours or until the beans are soft. Stir occasionally. If there is too much liquid, take the lid off for the last hour of cooking.  Serve with rice, chopped parsley or cilantro, hot sauce and orange wedges.
  • You can cook Feijoada in a slow cooker (4 hours on low) or in the oven (about 3-4 hours at 325°F/170°C/Gas Mark 3).  
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