Photo: Tina Rupp
In Brazil, cooks make feijoada—the national dish of stewed, smoked meats and black beans—with dried beef called carne seca. Beef jerky is a clever approximation.
Yield: 4 to 5 large servings
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- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for brushing
- 1 red onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves (large) garlic, minced
- 12 ounces andouille sausage, cut into 1/3-inch-thick rounds
- 4 ounces spicy, smoked beef jerky, cut into 1/2-inch squares
- 2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons low-sodium beef broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
- 2 cans ((30 ounces)) black beans, with liquid
- 1 pound rice, precooked
- 2 plantains, very ripe, peeled and sliced on the diagonal 1/2 inch thick
- In a large flameproof cast-iron casserole, heat the 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook over moderate heat until softened. Stir in the andouille and beef jerky. Add 2 1/2 cups of the broth, the bay leaf and oregano and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the beans and their liquid and simmer for 15 minutes longer. Discard the bay leaf.
- Meanwhile, light a grill. Mound the rice on the bottom half of a large sheet of nonstick heavy-duty foil. Fold the foil over the rice; fold up 2 of the sides and crimp. Pour the remaining 2 tablespoons of broth into the rice packet and crimp the remaining side. Set the packet on the grill and heat the rice until warm.
- Brush the plantains with oil and grill over moderately high heat, turning once or twice, until lightly charred and tender, about 5 minutes. Carefully open the rice packet and serve with the feijoada and plantains.
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