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7 responses to “Portuguese Feijoada”

  1. John

    Hank,

    Could I replace the trotter with a halved pig head?

  2. Gabe

    Yes, yes, and yes. I completely agree with “divinely inspired”. I’m pretty sure there is a version of pork and beans on my death row meal menu.

  3. Ward Horack

    “Divinely inspired”? Not if you grew up in darkest Indiana where the words “beany-weenie” were as terrifying as Stokley-Van Camp! Fortunately I moved to England with regular business trips to Portugal, Brasil and France.

    When I settled here I learned a wise man’s maxim that “Feijoada was God’s first attempt at Cassoulet”! Now that is Divine Inspiration.

    Ward Horack

  4. Jeremy Harper

    This dish is about to make is way down to South Louisiana. This sounds perfect as a dish for this area of the world!

  5. Peter

    While the origins of feijoada doubtless were Portuguese, what I was told when I worked in Brasil was that the inclusion of off parts like snouts, ears, hearts etc were the result of slaves getting as much out of the pig as possible while their masters ate all the good parts.

    When I first worked there in the 1950′s, Saturday noon was the day of feijoada. The work week was still 5 1/2 days, knocking off at noon Saturday. Everyone would go home and sit down to a giant feijoada, probably accompanied by plenty of caipierinhas and Brahma or Antarctica beer, and the rest of Saturday would be spent in a hammock

  6. zozo

    lol at the black/white bean comment. White beans certainly make for a more photogenic soup though it kinda looks like minestrone and there’s something to be said about a big bowl of inky deliciousness too (jajangmyun). Whenever I had this with my Brazilian friends we always ate it with rice where the grains were pre-fried and lightly toasted with garlic, onions, and other spices before being cooked. I don’t know if that’s traditional or if this particular group just loved eating rice. I will try it with the trotter. My mom always has a few stashed in the freezer for random cravings.

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