Brazilian Feijoada

Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver

Feijoada (pronounced fay-ZWAH-da) is a delicious stew of pork and black beans that's traditionally served over rice with fresh orange slices. In Brazil, this dish is often served on special occasions, but preparing it in a slow cooker makes it possible to serve this rich dish on the busiest weeknights.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups bean mixture and 1 orange wedge)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 47 Minutes
Total: 9 Hours, 47 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 458
  • Fat: 17.4g
  • Saturated fat: 6.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g
  • Protein: 39.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 35.8g
  • Fiber: 11.6g
  • Cholesterol: 96mg
  • Iron: 6.4mg
  • Sodium: 533mg
  • Calcium: 102mg

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried black beans
  • 4 applewood-smoked bacon slices
  • 1 (1-pound) boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 bone-in beef short ribs, trimmed (about 2 pounds)
  • 3 cups finely chopped onion (about 2 medium)
  • 1 1/4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (9-ounce) smoked ham hock
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 8 orange wedges

Preparation

  1. 1. Place black beans in a small saucepan; cover with cold water. Bring to a boil; cook beans for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans.
  2. 2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Sprinkle pork evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Increase heat to medium-high. Add pork to drippings in skillet; sauté 8 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Transfer pork to a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Sprinkle ribs evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add ribs to skillet; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Place ribs in slow cooker. Add drained beans, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, onion, and next 3 ingredients (through ham hock) to slow cooker, stirring to combine. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours or until beans and meat are tender.
  3. 3. Remove ribs from slow cooker; let stand 15 minutes. Remove meat from bones; shred meat with 2 forks. Discard bones. Discard ham hock. Return beef to slow cooker. Stir in vinegar and crumbled bacon. Serve with orange wedges.
Note:

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Also featured in: Cooking Light, March 2011
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