Friday, May 9, 2008

Brazilian Beans & Rice

I got this recipe from my friend Josy Basel. It's so yummy.

16 oz. black beans
4 bay leaves
1 T season all
1 cup beef bullion or you can use 1 cup of ham hock
1 lb meat (any kind, we use beef cut into chunks)
1 thing of keilbasa pork sausage cut into chunks
2 slices bacon cut into small pieces
4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
salt to taste
pepper to taste


The night before you want to make it put the beans in a pan and cover with water. Let them soak for at least 8 hours and change the water two times. When you are ready to make it put the beans in a crock pot with enough water to cover them add the bay leaves, beef bullion, and all season. Let cook until the beans start to get soft. (this can take a few hours..2-4 sometmies more).

When the beans begin to get soft, in a sauce pan on the stove combine the bacon, kielbasa, meat, garlic, onions, salt and pepper. Let this cook for about a half an hour or until the meat is cooked through. ( I will usually add a little water) Add the meat mixture to the beans in the crock pot and let it cook until the meat is really tender. Add more salt and pepper according to your taste.

Once everything is cooked if it seems too runny take two big spoonfulls of beans and mash them in a cup and then return them to the feijoada.

Serve with rice

Brazilian Rice

3 T oil
3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 C rice- uncooked
4 C water
1 1/2 tsp salt

Put oil in a heavy pan and heat. Add garlic and cook until golden brown. Add rice and fry until it begins to turn brown. Add salt and water and lower the heat. Cover and cook for 20 minutes without stirring. Add more water if needed. It should be dry and each piece separate when done.

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