Carnival starts in Rio de Janeiro this Friday, February 13th and goes until February 18th… it is a bacchus festival of extravagant costumes and indulgent behavior before the Catholic holiday of abstinence: Lent.
A lot of eating annd drinking goes on during Carnival, and in Brazil you can be certain that the national dish of Feijoada will be eaten at least once during this time.
Feijoada is a black beans stew made up of a mixture of beef and pork, mostly smoked meats, you can put any cuts of meat you like into this dish. Traditionally pig ears, tails, and feet along with beef tongue where added to this concoction. It doesn’t really matter what meat you add when it all stews together it tastes delicious.
My version is a simplified one made a little lighter and healthier than a traditional Feijoada that is heavy on meat. I made sure to add some collard greens to make this a complete meal. There isn’t a lot of seasoning in this dish, so make sure you get good quality spicy, flavorful chorizo. It gives this dish a punch. Also, the oranges are a great balance to the richness of Feijoada, so don’t leave them out!