Feijoada (pronounced fay-ZWAH-da) is a delicious stew of pork and black beans that’s traditionally served over rice with fresh orange slices. In Brazil, this dish is often served on special occasions, but preparing it in a slow cooker makes it possible to serve this rich dish on the busiest weeknights. For the original recipe, please visit: http://portuguesediner.com/tiamaria/crock-pot-feijoada-a-transmontana/ and thank you Tia Maria.
Crock Pot Feijoada à Transmontana
- 6 quart crock pot
- 1 lb baby back ribs cut into small riblets
- 1 lb chourico sliced into 1 inch slices
- 1 lb blood sausage “morcella” This is optional if you can not find it locally
- 1 lb prosciutto (presunto) smoked shoulder ham, or salted pork belly cut into 2 inch strips
- 1 lb pork hocks, knuckles, or ears you can get these at a butcher
- 1 regular cabbage, savoy cabbage or any green leafy cabbage small, cut into quarters
- 2 carrots sliced
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 2 kidney beans 32 oz cans cooked (or 3)
- 1/2 cup tomatoes crushed
- 2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp coarse salt
- The night before cooking, coat the ribs with salt, wash the pig parts in cold water, salt them, and store in fridge overnight to absorb the salt.
- When ready to cook saute the onions, garlic and bay leaf with olive oil in a heavy saucepan for about 3 minutes.
- Add the meats to the onion and brown on all sides.
- Turn crock on high. Begin layering; onion mix, the meats, carrots, ham.
- Add the cans of beans.
- Add the broth and tomato.
- Top with the cabbage.
- Be sure the lid covers the cabbage. Set the timer for 8 hours on high.
- After 4 hours stir gently and lower heat to low.
- After a few hours check the ribs and pork for doneness. The meat should fall off the bone but intact. The longer it cooks the more flavor it gets. You may need to cook the stew longer or it may be cooked depending on the heat of your crock pot.
- Serve with white rice.