September: Recipe of the Month

August 28 2015

Feijoada (Traditional Brazilian Stew)- recipe courtesy of the Brazilian Lounge, Gloucester Road

Feijoada (Traditional Brazilian Stew)
Recipe courtesy of the Brazilian Lounge, Gloucester Road

1 pound black beans, dried - not from a tin
1 pound salted bacon
1 pound smoked salted pork loin
8 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, peeled and finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled, finely chopped
2 large smoked sausages, cut into big chunks
1 pound thin smoked sausage, cut into pieces
1 pound smoked bacon, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
5 bay leaves
Cooked rice, orange slices, spring greens, as accompaniment

1. Soak the beans in cold water overnight, making sure they are completely covered. Also soak the smoked salted pork loin and bacon in cold water overnight.

2. Drain the beans and put them into a large saucepan of cold water. Bring to the boil over medium heat, then simmer for 30 minutes until tender.

3. Rinse the soaked smoked salted pork loin and bacon well, add to the beans and cook for 30 minutes over a medium heat. Heat a very large saucepan and pour in the olive oil so it covers the bottom. Add the onions and garlic and cook until softened. Add the sausages, bacon, pepper and bay leaves. Pour in the cooked beans and meat and top up with water. Simmer for about 1 hour, until the meat falls off the bone.

4. Serve the Feijoada with boiled white rice, slices of orange, and very finely sliced spring greens and farofa (Cassava Crumbs).

The Brazilian Lounge, 386 Gloucester Road, BS7 8TR. Tel: 0117 924 5234.

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