Discover the most typical dish in Brazilian cooking: Feijoada
Originating in Rio de Janeiro, feijoada is a dish that is so complete and delicious that it is a true delight for Brazilians. They have turned it into their national recipe and a tempting offer for those of us who want to try it. Containing a wide range of ingredients, it can be eaten as a main meal or as a side dish.
The most well-known explanation of its origins relates to the Brazilian senzalas (slave quarters). According to tradition, the slaves on plantations used to prepare feijoada to take advantage of scraps that were left over from the parties of their masters. The ingredients use to prepare it are black beans, smoked bacon, dried meat, pork ribs, smoked sausage, onion, tomato, garlic, rice, salt and pepper.
Traditionally, feijoada is usually eaten on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Brazil. When served the meat is put to one side and the beans and rice to another. For this reason, meat, including ribs, sausage and bacon are cooked on one side.
The beans are cooked on the other side. It is necessary to prepare a stir fry of onion, finely diced garlic and tomatoes without skin or seeds and once ready, add part of the beans and mash it with a fork. The rest of the beans are boiled with a cupful of broth until it thickens.
Lastly, the rice is cooked by tossing it with oil and garlic in a frying pan, adding water, and cooking it on a gentle heat for twenty minutes. Finally, the feijoada is usually served wih strips of orange or cabbage sautéed in oil and garlic.
The best way to enjoy an authentic feijoada is by flying to Brazil. Come and enjoy the flavour of Brazil!