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Brazilian Feijoada

This Brazilian stew can include any combination of fresh, cured, and smoked pork and beef.

  • Servings: 20

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February/March February/March 1992


  • 1 pound sun-dried beef, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 pound each pig snouts, tails, and ears
  • 4 pounds black beans
  • 1 pound pork loin, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 pound pork spareribs, cut apart
  • 1 small smoked beef tongue, cut into 1 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 pound sal picao (smoked sausage)

1 pound cured or fresh ham hocks, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 bunches scallions, sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 4 malagueta peppers, crushed (optional)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 pound farinha
  • 3 bunches kale, chopped
  • 10 oranges, peeled and sliced crosswise


  1. Put sun-dried beef in one bowl and pig snouts, tails, and ears in another. Cover with cold water and soak overnight.

  2. Drain meats and discard liquid. In a large, wide pot, cook pig parts over low heat for about 45 minutes. Add sun-dried beef and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover; simmer until meat is very soft, about 1 1/2 hours.

  3. Put beans in a large pot. Add water to cover by 4 inches. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes.

  4. Brown pork loin, ribs, and beef tongue in a large frying pan, and add to beans along with sal picao. Cook over lowest possible flame for 45 minutes.

  5. Add pig parts and sun-dried beef along with about 4 cups of their cooking liquid to beans. Add ham hocks. Simmer for about 40 minutes over very low heat.

  6. When feijoada is almost done, heat oil in a small saucepan. Add garlic, scallions, cilantro, and peppers if desired. Cook until soft. Add 2 cups of bean liquid and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir into beans.

  7. In a saute pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add farinha and cook, stirring often, until it is golden brown.

  8. In a large pot, cook kale in a small amount of olive oil until wilted.

  9. Remove meats from beans and arrange on a platter. Slice large pieces into smaller ones; moisten with bean liquid. Place beans in a large tureen. Serve feijoada on dinner plates with sauteed kale, orange slices, and Fluffy White Rice. Sprinkle toasted farinha over beans.


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