Britannia recipe Feijoada

Feijoada - Brazil

5TH JUNE 2014

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Serves: 6

The traditional Brazilian stew of Feijoada is a feast of deliciously flavoured meats, lovingly cooked for hours with earthy black beans.
There are lots of variations of Feijoada, with the option to add vegetables or different meats – but they all involve the family getting round the table for a hearty meal, and probably demanding seconds.


- 2 x 400g tins of black beans
- 225g/0.5lb pork shoulder, cubed
- 225g/0.5lb salt beef, cubed
- 225g/0.5lb sausages (try smoked for a richer flavour)
- 225g/0.5lb thick bacon or ham, cubed
- A tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1 large onion
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- Salt and pepper
- Rice to serve

The Method:

  • In a large pan on your Britannia hob, brown off the pork in a little oil over a high heat.
  • Finely chop the onion and fry with the pork until softened, and add the crushed garlic cloves.
  • Add the beef, chopped sausages and bacon or ham, and let them all get a good coating of oil and garlic.
  • Cover the meat mixture with water, and add the bay leaves. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Turn on your cooker hood to keep the kitchen fresh.
  • Drain off the black beans, add them to the stew, and simmer for another hour and a half.
  • Add a tin of tomatoes, chopped parsley, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Simmer for another 2 hours.
  • Serve in individual bowls over fluffy white rice.