Looking to spice up your next dinner time meal by adding a Latin twist? We’ve got the perfect bean and meat dish for you. Feijoada is the national dish of Brazil and can be found at most Brazilian restaurants. Fejoida literally translated means “bean” and has been a Portuguese favorite for hundred of years.
The Portuguese conquistadors brought the basic feijoada recipe over with them, which includes typical European ingredients like pork, white beans and tomatoes. Brazilian natives also added ingredients like fruit and local spices. Brazilian feijorada also includes black beans, but any beans can be used as a substitute. The dish is also served alongside or on top of yellow or brown rice that is seasoned with either tomatoes or spices.
The feijoada dish is traditionally served with fresh greens and tropical fruit. Our version does not include the traditional meat as its base protein, so there is a lot more room for beans in the dish. We’ve also added a handful of fresh green leafy vegetables to help make this dish extra healthy. You can choose only to use lettuce if you have to please pickier eaters. This dish comes out looking beautiful- make sure to plate on a large platter and garnish with sliced oranges.
For the Beans:
- 1 24-ounce jar Randall Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
- 5 cups water
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 3/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons chopped hot pepper
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced, or 1 cup canned drained tomato
- 1 teaspoon salt
For the Rice:
- 3 1/2 cups combined water and liquid from canned tomatoes, or equal parts water and
- Tomato juice or water seasoned with 1 to 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 cups uncooked brown rice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Onions:
- 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced onion
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 3/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
For the Greens:
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 12 cups shredded greens, including kale, collards, chicory, romaine, or any combination
- (about 1 1/2 pounds)
For the Garnish:
- 3 oranges
Heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the onion and garlic until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the hot pepper and cook 1 minute longer, then add the tomatoes and salt and simmer for about 5 minutes to make a sauce.
Add 1 cup of Randall Beans and mash well into the tomato mixture, cooking gently until thick. Place this mixture, Randall Beans, and water in a pot and simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes to thicken.
While beans are cooking, bring the liquid for cooking the rice to a boil, sprinkle in the grain, cover, and simmer over low heat until tender, about 50 minutes. Add salt halfway through the cooking.
Prepare the onions at least 30 minutes before dinner so they have a chance to marinate. This is best done while the rice and beans are cooking, but they can be prepared well in advance if preferred. Place onions in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes, drain, rinse with cold water, and pat dry. Return to bowl and add lime juice and hot pepper sauce.
The greens can be cut up at any time, but cooking should be reserved until shortly before dinner. Heat oil in a large skillet and sauté onion until lightly colored. Add greens, and cook, stirring, until wilted. Cover pot and continue to cook until greens are tender but still crunchy, about 5 minutes for romaine, up to 15 for collards.
Shortly before serving, peel the oranges and cut in slices or chunks. When you are ready to serve, transfer beans to a serving bowl and top with oranges; spoon on top of rice on individual serving plates. Serve greens on the side and pass the bowl of spicy onions for individual seasoning.
This recipe can be made with either Randall Beans Great Northern Beans or the Randall Beans Organic products.