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Brazilian feijoada - black bean stew

Brazilian feijoada - black bean stew

The cuisine and cooking methods in Brazil varies greatly from region to region but fresh meat and fish play an important role in the diet.
• Feijoada – black bean stew with smoked meats. This is a time-consuming dish and generally served to friends and family that are staying overnight. • Vatapá – a shrimp and cashew nut dish.
• Pastel de Acelgas - swiss chard and chorizo sausage tart.
• Moqueca de Peixe – a fish stew with plenty of coconut flavouring.
• Cururu de Camarao – a gumbo (stew or soup) made from shrimp and okra.
• Pizza – the Brazilians have adopted pizza as one of their own unique foods, using a variety of toppings.
• Chancaca - Glazed salmon with pineapple salsa.

Brazilian cheese bread  Print Recipe

Tapioca is the starch extracted from cassava root (which also plays a big role in Brazilian cuisine) .
Serves: 6
Preparation time:10 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
1 large egg, room temperature
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing the pan
2/3 cup milk
1 1/2 cups (170 g) tapioca flour
1/2 cup (66 g) feta crumbled cheese
1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread a small amount olive oil around the insides of each well of a non-stick mini muffin tin.
Blend the ingredients:

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth. You may need to use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the blender so that everything gets blended well.

Pour the batter into the prepared mini muffin tin not quite to the top; leave about 1/4 inch from the top.

Bake at 400°F in the oven for 15-20 minutes until all puffy and golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack for a few minutes.
Eat while warm or at room temperature (they’re best when fresh).

Brazilian feijoada - black bean stew  Print Recipe

Brazilian Feijoada is a black bean and pork stew that is often served with farofa, toasted cassava flour.
Serves: 10
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time:3 hours
1 pound dry black beans (soaked overnight)*
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ounces slab bacon (rind removed), diced
1 pound pork ribs, cut into individual ribs
2 Mexican chorizo sausages, sliced
1 smoked sausage, such as linguica or kielbasa, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 bay leaves
white rice (for serving)
farofa (for serving)
In a large bowl with water, soak beans overnight.
When you are ready to make your stew, in a large heavy-bottom soup pot, over medium heat, add the oil and bacon. Cook until crisp and transfer to a plate.
Use the same saucepan to brown ribs and sausages in batches. Set aside.
If needed, add more oil to the pan. On medium-high, sauté onion and garlic until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for another 3 minutes.
Drain and rinse the soaked beans. Add them to the pot along with the ribs, bacon, sausages, salt, pepper, bay leave. Cover with water (about 8 cups).
Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Cover and let it cook for 2 to 2 and a half hours, or until the beans are soft and the stew has thickened.

Serve with white rice and sprinkle some farofa on top.
* 1 pound dry beans = 2 cups dry beans = 6 cups cooked beans (Feel free to substitute drained, canned beans if desired.)
Recipe inspired by curioucuisiniere.com

Croque Monsieur sandwich   Print Recipe

Béchamel: Save on prep time by making the white sauce ahead of time. Croque Madame: To make this into a Croque Madame sandwich, make the recipe as instructed, then fry eggs (one for each sandwich, sunny-side up) in a separate skillet while the sandwiches toast in the oven. Place an egg on top each sandwiches.
Serves: 4
Preparation time:10 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes

¼ cup unsalted butter (½ stick)
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1½ cups whole milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
dash of ground nutmeg
8 thin slices white sandwich breads
5 ounces good quality ham about 8 slices
6 ounces Gruyere cheese ,or Emmental cheese, grated (about 2½ cups)
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Béchamel sauce:
1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes. Gradually add milk, stirring well until the mixture is smooth. Cook, stirring, until sauce is thickened.
2. Season with a little bit of salt and pepper. Remove from heat and whisk in mustard and nutmeg. Set aside while you make the sandwiches, or make the sauce up to 1 week in advance.
Assemble sandwiches:
1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a baking tray with parchement paper and set aside.
2. Spread each bread slice with a layer of béchamel, spreading it all the way to the edges. Place 4 slices of bread, béchamel side up, on prepared baking sheet.
3. Top each with a piece of ham, a handful of gruyere, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Place remaining slices of bread on top, béchamel side up, then top with remaining gruyere and parmesan cheese.
4. Bake at 425 degrees F for about 5-6 minutes, until cheese is melted, and then turn the oven to broil and broil until the cheese on top is lightly golden, 2-4 minutes.
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