5-star restaurants were near our row-house on Steinway and Ditmars. We frequented every kind of cafe, bistro, steakhouse, deli, etc. One of our favorite romantic spots, a Brazilian restaurant on 36th is Malagueta. On Saturday afternoons they serve Brazilian Feijoada with collard greens. It was so flavorful and was usually long-gone by early evening. We often enjoyed an early dinner when family and friends came for a visit. We shared Passion-Fruit Mousse and Coconut Flan for dessert.
Feijoada (pronounced “feshwada”), is the traditional dish of Brazil. Some dear friends who had lived in Brazil, introduced it to us. Everyone has a different favorite version; the exact ingredients are not as important as how you eat it. I like to save leftover pork, bacon, ham bones, beef, you name it, I freeze it. When I have enough to make Feijoada, I get out my favorite soup pot, and it’s time for a celebration with family and friends. It’s served with rice, collard greens, and oranges. Enjoy and celebrate the arrival of Spring showers, flowers and happiness.
- 1 pound black beans
- 1 pound pork shoulder
- 1 pound smoked sausage
- 1 pound beef jerky
- 3-4 strips smoked bacon
- 4 pork chops
- 2 small or 1 large onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- Olive oil
- 2 large bay leaves
- Hot pepper sauce (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Wash the beans and soak them overnight.
- Next day, put them in a pot of new water and boil until they are tender; this will take at least an hour. As the beans are cooking, put pork shoulder, sausage, beef jerky, bacon, and pork chops in a pot of water and boil for 1½ hours.
- Cut the onions and garlic in small pieces and cook them in oil until they are a bit golden. Add them to the meat.
- Add the cooked beans to the meat, then add the bay leaves, hot pepper sauce, and salt and pepper. Cook for another hour until all the flavors are mixed together.
- Remove the bay leaves and separate the meat.
- Cut the meats in slices and put the beans on the middle of a platter with the meats around the sides.
This is best prepared while listening to Brazilian music and best shared with lots of love.