Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 8 hrs
Feijoada, a Portuguese pork, and bean stew, is considered by many Brazilians to be the country's national dish. When it's filled with savory flavors, and sweet citrus scents, how could anyone resist?
- 12 ounces dried black beans
- 8 cups water
- 2 large smoked ham hocks
- 4 cups chicken broth (previously reduced by 1/3 to make it stronger)
- 1 1⁄2 cups chopped onions (3 medium)
- 3 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced (or enough to suite your taste)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel
- 1⁄2 cup orange juice
- 1⁄2 cup brewed coffee
- 1⁄4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
- hot cooked rice (optional)
- Rinse and pick over the beans well.
- In a large saucepan combine beans and the water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or place beans in water in saucepan. Cover and let soak in a cool place overnight.) Drain and rinse beans. Place beans in a 4-quart slow cooker.
- To slow cooker add ham hocks, broth, onions, jalapeno peppers, garlic, orange peel, orange juice, and coffee.
- Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Transfer ham hocks to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, use two forks to pull ham away from bones into shreds. Discard bones and fat; return shredded ham to slow cooker. Stir in cilantro.
- If desired, serve stew over hot cooked rice.
The coffee and orange lend a nice complexity to this. I found that I made my coffee a little too strong, so added a pinch of sugar to each bowl. Neither of us are that big of ham fans, so we topped the soup with crisped prosciutto instead, and it went well with it. I bet smoked paprika and/or chipotle powder would be right at home with the smokiness of these flavors. Served 6 for us.
The best black bean dish I've ever had. Black beans aren't a favorite of mine, but you'd never know it from how delicious this dish turned out. It was smoky and savory; the orange juice and particularly zest really lifted it above the ordinary bean soup.