SouperChef Special | Brazilian Black Bean Beef Stew

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Brazilian Black Bean Beef Stew

(Contains Beef | Dairy-Free | Gluten-Free | Slightly Spicy)

In Brazil, the dish to have is feijoada (fay-zwah-da). The word feijoada comes from the word feijão, which is Portuguese for beans. Feijoada is a black bean stew that is brewed with a variety of salted and smoked pork and beef products from carne-seca to smoked pork spare ribs. The rich, smoky stew is then served with rice, sautéed collard greens or kale, orange slices and topped with toasted cassava flour (farofa). In essence, feijoada is Brazilian soul food, food of the people.

A feijoada completa or “complete feijoada” is served with rice, chopped greens (usually collards or kale), fresh orange slices, farofa or farinha, and a side dish of peppery sauce. Sides are essential for enhancing the flavour combinations and the finely sliced oranges are meant to aid digestion. It’s a meal fit for any occasion, from small gatherings to festive celebrations. The stew is generally served year-round in restaurants on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and on the weekends when made at home. It is also a requisite dish for a Brazilian feast and other holidays. It is their equivalent of a Sunday roast. But it is celebratory, almost decadent.)

A feijoada completa or “complete feijoada” is served with rice, chopped greens (usually collards or kale), fresh orange slices, farofa or farinha, and a side dish of peppery sauce. Sides are essential for enhancing the flavour combinations and the finely sliced oranges are meant to aid digestion. It’s a meal fit for any occasion, from small gatherings to festive celebrations. The stew is generally served year-round in restaurants on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and on the weekends when made at home. It is also a requisite dish for a Brazilian feast and other holidays. It is their equivalent of a Sunday roast. But it is celebratory, almost decadent.

 

Cova and ipim as side dishes for feijoada

Cova and ipim as side dishes for feijoada

Farofa and cracklings are a must have for any feijoada meal

Farofa and cracklings of lard known as torresminho are must-haves for any feijoada meal.

Brazilians treat their drinks and sides as being just as important as the main dish. Traditionally, you begin with a caipirinha and finish off with a cold beer. Caipirinha is regarded as Brazil’s national cocktail and its main ingredient is cachaça, a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice.

Drinks and sides as just as important as the main dish to the Brazilians. Traditionally, you begin with a caipirinha and finish off with a cold beer. Caipirinha is regarded as Brazil’s national cocktail and its main ingredient is cachaça, a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice.

 

As most of you know, I’m not a huge meat-eater, a vegetarian most of the time. But I smack my lips when it comes to feijoada! Our version is a bold attempt to adjust the recipe slightly to make it with lean beef cubes. What might look like a plate of inky purples and black is a symphony of velvety meat, creamy beans and lots of texture from quinoa and red rice!

Feijoada cooking with Rogerio

Feijoada cooking with Rogerio, my first experience cooking the real deal even before I went to Brazil!

Here, we feature one of Brazilians’ favourite foods — black beans! A rich source of fibre and folate, great for blood circulation due to its high iron concentration, black beans are also found to lower risk of type 2 diabetes, many types of cardiovascular diseases and even certain types of cancer. In 2006, the Food Guide for the Brazilian Population recommended that beans be consumed at least once every day! Every Brazilian I met during my 2016 trip regardless of ancestry and background told me their daily staple is rice and beans. Have you had your souperfood black beans today?

Ingredients used for cooking beef feijoada

Ingredients used

 

Beef feijoada

Brazilian Black Bean Beef Stew

 

Ingredients: Marinated beef cubes, black beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red cargo rice, quinoa, corn, onions, garlic, oranges, coriander, herbs, spices

Condiments: Chopped tomatoes, chopped coriander, a swirl of coconut cream

 

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