February 15, 2010 8:29:11 AM PST
Recipe for Feijoada- Roasted pork shoulder, chorizo, black beans, collard greens, yuca, orange - from Carnivale.


  • 2 pounds dried black turtle beans, picked through and rinsed
  • 1 pound pork butt, cut into 1" cubes
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut into squares
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 serrano pepper, halved
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound smoked ham hocks
  • 1 pound linguica or Spanish chorizo sausage, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Hot sauce
  • 2 oranges, peeled and cut in segments

    Method: Starting a day ahead, place the dried beans in a large bowl and cover with cold water; soak the beans overnight in the refrigerator. Coat a large heavy pot with the oil and place over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the bacon, onions, garlic, pepper, and bay leaves. Cook and stir for 5 minutes to render out the pork fat and soften the vegetables. Add the ham hocks, sausage, cubed pork, and black beans. Cover with just enough cold water to cover (about 21/2 quarts). Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce to medium-low heat, cover, and simmer for 2 hours, stirring now and again. Skim any foam that rises to the surface during cooking and add more water if necessary to keep the ingredients covered during cooking.

    Dig the ham hocks out of the pot, discard the rind and fat, shred the meat, and return the ham to the pot. The beans should be really tender, like they are almost bursting. Mash about 1 cup of the beans against the side of the pot to cream them out. Give the stew a good stir, taste and check for seasoning.

    To serve, ladle some of the bean broth into shot glasses or little cups, add a dash of hot pepper sauce and drink ? this is traditionally done to get the palate prepared for the feijoada. Serve feijoada in large wide bowls, garnished with orange segments and accompanied by collard greens and white rice.