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Carnival Cuisine

Chin’s Feijoada

<i>Feijoada</i>, a Carnival staple and Brazil’s national dish.

2 cups dried black beans

4 applewood-smoked bacon slices

1 (1-lb.) boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), trimmed and cut into ½-inch cubes

¾ tsp. salt, divided

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided

3 bone-in beef short ribs, trimmed (about 2 pounds)

3 c. finely chopped onion (about 2 medium)

1¼ c. fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 (9 oz.) smoked ham hock

1 Tbsp. white vinegar

Farofa (toasted manioc flour)

Place beans in a small saucepan; cover with cold water. Bring to a boil; cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover, and let stand 1 hour. Drain.

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Sprinkle pork evenly with 1/8 tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper. Increase heat to medium high. Add pork to drippings in skillet; sauté 8 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Transfer pork to a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Sprinkle ribs evenly with 1/8 tsp. salt and remaining ¼ tsp. pepper. Add ribs to skillet; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Place ribs in slow cooker. Add drained beans, remaining ½ tsp. salt, onion, broth, garlic, and ham hock to slow cooker, stirring to combine. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or until beans and meat are tender.

Remove ribs from slow cooker; let stand 15 minutes. Remove meat from bones; shred meat with 2 forks. Discard bones and ham hock. Return beef to slow cooker. Stir in vinegar and crumbled bacon. Serve with orange wedges, shredded collard greens, and farofa (toasted manioc flour).


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