Brazilian Pork Feijoada
Feijoada is a traditional Brazilian / Portugese dish that is a rich stew of beans and meat – the name comes the Portugese word for beans, so if you love beans, this is a great recipe for you! Some recipes use beef, some use pork and beef, but this recipe, slightly adapted from the recipe provided on the Pork Council’s website, is an all pork version. This dish, pronounced FAY-zwah-da, is frequently called the national dish of of Brazil, so give it a try and start feeling Brazilian! Let us know what you think of the recipe and if you made any modifications, there are endless ways to make this, so feel free to tweak to your taste!
Cover the beans with water and soak overnight or for a minimum of two hours. After soaking, remove from water and drain.
In a large Dutch oven or kettle with lid, combine the drained beans, the 6 cups of water and all remaining ingredients. Place the Dutch oven over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Skim off any fat that rises to the top of the mixture. Once the mixture has started boiling, cover the Dutch oven and move to an oven heated to 350ºF.
Bake for 1.5 hours, then remove the cover. Stir the mixture and skim off any additional fat, and bake for another 30 minutes uncovered.
After 30 minutes, remove from heat, skim off any fat, stir the mixture and serve over white rice with fresh greens. Enjoy!