Recipe by threeovens
Feijoada is a typical Portuguese dish which is now the national dish of Brazil. According to legend, the dish dates back to colonial times when the slaves made a stew out of beef and pork scraps. It is served for lunch. Here, it is given a more modern, American treatment. Adapted from "Everyday with Rachael Ray," August 2009. Serve with white rice, pickled jalapeno slices, and thin orange slices.
Top Review by Shai Jord
This is by far one of the best recipes I have ever had and I am a picky eater! Everyone that tried it, loved it. All of the meat was tender and the ham hock gave it so much flavor. I personally pre-soaked the beans but I wouldn't change a thing about this. Served over rice, and it will be a definite hit!
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 2 inch pieces
- 1 lb dried black beans
- 1 lb smoked sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces (such as kielbasa)
- 8 ounces smoked ham hock
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 garlic cloves
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 4 cups cooked white rice
- pickled jalapeno pepper, for garnish
- orange, thinly sliced for garnish
Directions See How It's Made
- In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium high heat; add pork pieces and cook, turning, until browned, about 8 minutes.
- Add 8 cups water, beans, sausage, ham hock, 1/2 cup onion, bay leaves, garlic, and bring to a boil; lower heat and simmer until the beans are tender, about 2 1/2 hours (add water, as needed, to keep the pork and beans submerged).
- During the last 20 minutes of cooking, in a large skillet, heat 1/4 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat and add onions, cooking until carmelized, about 15 minutes.
- Transfer 1 1/2 cups of the cooked beans to the skillet with the carmelized onions and mash; stir back into the stew and cook another 30 minutes.
- To serve, remove the bay leaves and garlic; season with salt and pepper and garnish with chopped parsley.
- Serve with white rice, pickled jalapeno, and slice oranges.