Brazilian Feijoada, say what? Those two words didn’t mean much to me until I was researching Brazilian recipes for McCormick, who is sponsoring this recipe and providing a giveaway to one of YOU! You may remember my Grilled Indian Spiced Chicken Skewers recipe, which highlighted the Flavor Forecast of Indian curry powder, another great spice offered by McCormick.
One of this year’s Flavor Forecast trends is Charmed by Brazil, a spotlight on Brazil’s dynamic cuisine and melting pot culture. To honor the trend, McCormick is celebrating Brazilian flavors in June & July – just in time for the big soccer matches. As part of their Flavor Forecast, they are asking recipe developers like myself to experiment with their Bahian Blend, a mix of cumin, oregano, white ground pepper and ground red pepper. Those spices are staples in my house, I just didn’t realize they were a Brazilian blend!
McCormick’s Flavor of Together program is a yearlong initiative to share 1.25 million stories about how flavor both unites and defines people across the globe. When YOU share your Flavor Story with McCormick (which you will, to enter the giveaway), McCormick will donate $1, up to $1.25 million, to United Way to help feed those in need. United Way supports nonprofits all across the globe, and they cannot do what they do without partners like McCormick.
So, what is Brazilian Feijoada, you ask? It’s simple – black beans and cooked low and slow with pork tenderloin or ham hocks, along with bacon, sausage, beef short ribs or stew meat and tomatoes, seasoned well with spices. If you like meat and beans, then this recipe is for you.
While researching it, (Tyler Florence has a great traditional recipe) I found so many recipes that literally take days – let the dried beans sit overnight, cook the pork all day in a slow cooker, and then combine all of the ingredients together. Sure, sounds like a delicious meal… one I would make on a Saturday, Sunday or day off work. It also sounds expensive. All of that meat for one meal? With it just being John and myself, I found the real challenge would be creating this recipe for the two of us in a shorter amount of time.
First things first – identify what proteins to use. I went to Kroger with the intention of purchasing a pork butt, but no pork butt or shoulder was available. Instead, I purchased two large partially-cooked smoked turkey legs. To keep with the turkey theme, I purchased one fresh turkey sausage from the butcher, roughly 1/3 of a pound.
Since the turkey legs were partially cooked, I only needed to throw them in the oven until they reached 165 degrees. Since my turkey legs were so large, this took longer than I thought – about an hour – so consider purchasing fully-cooked smoked turkey legs or prepare to put the legs in the oven when you get home from work.
The real flavor for this recipe comes from the Bahian Blend – oregano, cumin, white pepper and cayenne pepper are a few, simple ingredients that bring the party to this dish. Crushed tomatoes and diced green chilies offer other complex flavors and textures to stir in with the black beans.
If you ARE able to find a pork that fits in your slow cooker, I do suggest considering that as a protein option for this dish. Cook it in whatever you like (I prefer hard cider ala my recent recipe), just don’t BBQ it.
Save money by purchasing dried black beans if you want and can remember to let them sit in water overnight. I never seem to remember to do that. Randall Beans makes great quality black beans, found in a glass jar in the canned bean isle.
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Disclosure: McCormick provided me with ingredients for this recipe. All thoughts, photos, opinions and drool marks are my own.
Weeknight Brazilian Feijoada
- 2 large partially or fully cooked smoked turkey legs
- 2 turkey sausages
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 7-oz can diced green chilies
- 1 cup crushed tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons McCormick Oregano Leaves
- 2 teaspoons McCormick Ground Cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick White Ground Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Ground Red Pepper
- 4 cups cooked black beans
Preheat the oven to 400. Place the partially cooked turkey legs in a baking dish and bake until internal temperature reached 165, about one hour or less depending on how large your turkey legs are. If you are using fully cooked turkey, simply heat until warmed through.
In a large skillet, crumble the turkey sausage and heat over medium high until browned. Remove and set aside.
Add the olive oil and cook the onions until soft, about 3 minutes. Toss in the garlic and cook one minute more. Stir in the diced green chilies and the crushed tomatoes, then add the spices. Stir in the black beans and cook over low heat until warmed through, stirring gently, about 5 minutes. Stir in the crumbled turkey sausage and top with chunks of cooked smoked turkey meat. Serve and enjoy!