So we’ve reclaimed the Brazilian sun for our share of summertime heat. That means the social calendar will fill up quickly, and it’s all the excuse we need to break out the beans, Brazilian-style. In fact, here’s the single best thing you can do with a can of beans.
Let’s just say it: Brazil may move to the rhythms of Samba and Bossa Nova, but the country is built on rice and beans. They are a daily staple (especially when the weekend rolls around and folks are ready to relax).
Variations on this quick and easy recipe are endless. In fact, this can be your starting point to becoming a full-fledged feijoada Master. The best ones prepare for the weekend by clearing out the refrigerator and throwing it into the pot.
Want to take the authentic route? Buy your beans in bags not cans, then rise and soak them in cold water overnight. Then rise again, and slowly cook them in a water-filled pan on the stove top until tender.
Can’t wait? Neither can we. So let’s “bean” like a Brazilian.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 – 29 oz can of Pinto beans, or one 15 oz can of Pinto beans and one 15 oz can of black beans. Watching your salt? Go with 3 cups of dry beans, above.
4 – strips of thick-cut, uncooked bacon (stay away from Maple-cured) cut into 1 inch pieces.
1 – medium link (6–8 oz) of cooked Portuguese Linguiça or Polish sausage, sliced into bite-sized pieces.
2 – cloves Garlic, minced.
Half a small onion, diced.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Here’s what to do:
1. Rinse the beans well, set aside.
2. Drop the cut bacon into a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
3. When the bacon begins to brown on the edges, add the onions and garlic. Stir frequently until the bacon fries up soft.
4. Don’t let the garlic burn.
5. Add the beans. Add the meat. Add enough water to slightly cover the beans.
6. Cover tightly and simmer over low heat for an hour. Stir occasionally. Keep covered.
Serve with white rice. This is best if prepared the day before eating and goes great with friends, pork chops, beef of any kind and a cold beer or two.
Don’t forget the music… Samba, Pagode, smooth Bossa beats or Brazilian Jazz… Connectbrazil.com has nearly a dozen streaming channels ready and waiting. Apps, too! Check them out.
The beans are just the beginning: This may be the single best thing you can do with a can of beans, but what would you add to the menu for a summer fest?