Feijoada from Brazil
A national dish
Feijoada is the national dish of Brazil and the most popular food
of the country. This is the most traditional Brazilian dish you could
try and a must for every tourist who visits the country.
There are different ways to prepare feijoada, but the basic recipe
usually is the same and contains pork, chorizo, bacon, onion, black
beans, garlic, salt, oil, and pepper. The original recipe of feijoada
contains all parts of the pig. This includes parts such as the tale,
ears, and nose. But since some people don't like finding such parts
of the pig in their food (especially tourists), often they are not
This dish takes some hours of preparation, especially for those who
are new at it. And some of its ingredients, such as the black beans,
need to be soaked overnight. Therefore, if you want to cook a feijoada
for the first time, you should start planning on it and working on
it one day before. And depending on the recipe you will follow, you
might even need extra time to find all the ingredients, since some
recipes include a large amount of them.
How to eat it
Feijoada is a very heavy dish and that's why it is usually eaten
for lunch and before taking a nap (traditionally on Sundays and holidays).
This dish usually is accompanied with rice, farofa, and/or oranges.
Feijoada should be served on top of rice and surrounded by oranges
and/or farofa. Brazilians often accompany feijoada with caipirinha,
a traditional Brazilian beverage.
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