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With the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil well under way I have decided to share a recipe for a traditional Brazilian black bean stew, known as Feijoada. I have researched many recipes, all with slight variations, and have come up with my own variation. The basics include black beans and at least two cuts of pork, along with plenty of onion and garlic. I've used pork shoulder and pork belly, along with chorizo and a smoked sausage, which gives this beautifully rich stew, which is perfect for a World Cup get together.
I've used Coca-Cola in cooking before, to make 'Ham in Coke', which was a great success, so I decided to add some to the stew as I figured it would make the gravy much richer than water would. Coca-Cola is also a great accompaniment to a salty dish such as this stew, and what better way to celebrate the World Cup than with promotional World Cup 2014 bottles of Coca-Cola, found right in the middle of the Carbonated Drinks aisle in my local Tesco in Rugeley.
I used the slow cooker to make this, but it can be made in a large pan just as easily, over a very low heat. If you're having friends over to watch the football just pop it all in the slow cooker first thing in the morning and you will have a beautiful stew by early afternoon.
Feijoada - Brazilian Black Bean Stew - serves 8-10
500g Black beans
700g Pork shoulder
500g Pork belly
100g Chorizo, chopped
2 large onions, chopped
bulb of garlic, peeled & crushed
200g Smoked sausage, sliced
400g tin of tomatoes
- Place the beans in a bowl and cover with water and leave to soak overnight
- Drain the beans and add to the slow cooker
- Cut the pork shoulder and belly into 1" pieces and fry in batches until browned, add to the slow cooker
- Fry the chorizo, onion and garlic until lightly browned and add to the slow cooker
- Add the smoked sausage, tomatoes and Coca-Cola to the slow cooker and give everything a good stir
- Cook on high heat for approximately 4 hours, until the beans are tender
Serve with boiled rice and fresh coriander
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