Feijoada Portuguese Bean Stew | Comfort Food #SundaySupper

by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 41 comments

in Blog, Reinventing Leftovers, Sunday Supper, Weekday Supper

Feijoada | Portuguese Bean Stew What does comfort food mean to you?  Does it bring back childhood memories or family favorites?  Comfort food evokes so many memories within us and to me nothing means comfort more than Feijoada Portuguese Bean Stew.  It brings me back to Portugal in my grandmother’s kitchen where she could be found stirring my favorite Portuguese recipes day after day.  One of my favorites, a recipe that was often saved for Sunday Supper meals was Feijoada Portuguese Bean Stew.   Although there are no sign of potatoes, this Portuguese Recipe is hearty and truly feeds the soul.  This was a meal that you couldn’t wait to sit down around the family table to enjoy.  The best part about it, you can use that leftover ham from the holidays to make this tasty stew.

I am so excited to feature Lee Woodruff  and her latest book,  Those We Love Most around the family table this week. This book  is about family, love, tragedy, coming together and healing.  In short, it holds a reflection of all of our lives. We would love to have you join Lee and our Sunday Supper Team during our chat on Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time.  Wait till you see the comfort food recipes our talented Sunday Supper Contributors will be featuring.  Something tells me, not only will we be surrounded by love and comfort, we will all be drooling.  Just look at the gorgeous recipes! If that wasn’t enough, we will also be giving away 5 signed copies of  Those We Love Mostall you have to do is share your most memorable comfort food recipes.

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Feijoada ~ Portuguese Bean Stew #SundaySupper Comfort Food
Recipe type: Sunday Supper
Cuisine: Comfort Food Recipes
This recipe screams comfort food. I loved watching my grandmother make this Portuguese Recipe for Sunday Supper.
  • 2 pounds white beans or black eyed peas
  • 1 ham hock
  • 1 pound ham chunks
  • 2 carrots, sliced into rounds
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 head garlic, peeled but otherwise whole
  • 1 tablespoon piri-piri
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander seed
  • 4 bay leaves
  • ½ cup crushed tomatoes
  • Black pepper and chopped parsley to garnish
  • Salt
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  1. Soak beans for at least 8 hours. If you don’t have 8 hours, soak repeatedly in the hottest water you can get from the tap, replacing it when it cools.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, gently brown ham.
  3. When the ham is brown, add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the coriander, bay leaves and a healthy sprinkling of salt, then add the beans and mix it all together.
  4. Cover by 1 inch with chicken broth.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for approximately 90 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and test the beans. If they are still rocks, return to the oven for another 20 minutes.
  8. If the beans are getting tender, add the carrots, garlic cloves, chile paste and tomatoes. Cover and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
  9. Remove and, still covered, leave the pot on top of the stove for up to 20 minutes, although you can serve immediately.
  10. Ladle into bowls, garnish with chopped parsley and black pepper, and serve with crusty bread.

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baker street October 14, 2012 at 1:47 am

Leftovers sometimes make for the best meals and i absolutely love the idea of using ham chunks here! Great recipe, Isabel. A bowl would be just perfect to tuck into at the end of a long day.


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen October 14, 2012 at 6:06 am

I think I only had feijoada once in Brazil, but it´s such a well known word here. And using the leftovers is just a bonus! Have a great Sunday Isabel!


Renee October 14, 2012 at 6:51 am

I absolutely love bean soups and stews. I cannot wait to try your Portuguese recipe. It does sound like pure comfort in a bowl.


Liz October 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

Mmmmmm….recipes passed down through the generation are the epitome of comfort foods! What a fantastic stew! Thanks for hosting yet another wonderful #Sunday Supper!!!


Hezzi-D October 14, 2012 at 8:58 am

This sounds warm, inviting, and delicious!


Tammi @ Momma's Meals October 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

I love anything with beans on it!! So comforting just thinking about it. Happy #SS!!


Alex October 14, 2012 at 9:23 am

And the weather in Portugal (at least here up north) has been screaming for feijoada. :)


Heather @girlichef October 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

Mmmm…this sounds like a warming bowl of comfort all the way! I know it would be perfect for a raining day like we’re having today.


Jen @JuanitasCocina October 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

Yes please! We make a similar dish during the cooler weather, but I want yours NOW!


Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) October 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

Thank you for sharing your grandmother’s recipe. I’m definitely going to try this recipe. And I just so happen to have a piri-piri sauce created here in New Jersey!


The Wimpy Vegetarian October 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

This is exactly what I’m in the mood to eat today. I just love this. Pinning it to my board to make sure I make this pronto. I love recipes that cross the generations to us today.


Carla October 14, 2012 at 11:37 am

Oh my parents would def love this stew! I don’t do a whole lot of bean stews, so maybe I will try this one :)


Pam @ The Meltaways October 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

This stew is right up our family’s alley – I totally need to make this! Now, to find the piri-piri around here…..


Bea October 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Your bean stew looks fantastic!!! I cannot wait to try it this fall or winter – it sure looks like it will also be a hit around our family table :)


veronica gantley October 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm

It is so nice to have grandmas old recipes. I think stews like ths are better the second day.


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) October 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

This looks so comforting…and not terribly different from the pinto beans my Mom would often cook on Sundays for our dinner. She used bacon in place of ham…and served it with hot homemade cornbread!


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm

What a hearty and comforting stew. Love that food holds so many memories for people, what a great one from your family.


diabeticFoodie October 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Saving this one for New Year’s since it has black-eyed peas! Looks warm and comforting – perfect for today’s theme.


Megan - I Run For Wine October 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Yummy! Love this recipe!! My Nanny was half Portuguese and half Swedish. I have a few of her Swedish recipes but not many Portuguese. I am always looking for recipes from my heritage. Thanks for sharing!


Lane @ Supper for a Steal October 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I love black eyed peas! I usually don’t come across to many recipes with them. I bet I could adapt this to the crock pot easily. Will have to give it a shot this winter!


Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) October 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Sounds so good…would be perfect for a cold day!


Kathia Rodriguez October 14, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I love feijoada, great for sharing with the family, and ad the end take a nap… :D


Jennie @themessybakerblog October 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Isabel, this dish looks like the ultimate comfort food. I adore bean stew and can’t wait to try your version. Pinned. Happy #SundaySupper!


Kim Bee October 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Isabel this looks wonderful. I just want to show up on your doorstep with a bowl and a spoon.


Tara October 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

A very hearty and comforting stew. Thank you for sharing your grandmother’s recipe!!


Katie October 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

This dish looks incredible, with delicious flavor! I definitely want to try a bowl…


Nancy @ gottagetbaked October 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

That’s a gorgeous, hearty, comforting bowl of stew there, Isabel! Looks delicious. I love how this stew is tied to wonderful memories of your grandmother cooking for you and your family. This is another fantastic Sunday Supper!


Martin D. Redmond October 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm

This recipe looks great! It would also be good with Vinho Verde from Portugal of course. I’m a big believer that the foods of a place goes well with the wines of a place!


Jennifer B October 15, 2012 at 12:22 am

I don’t think I’ve ever made a Portuguese recipe before so I’ll definitely have to try…especially since I’m pretty obsessed with black eyes peas! Mmm!


Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 15, 2012 at 1:38 am

I love that you shared your grandmother’s recipe! :) and this Portuguese Bean Stew looks amazing!


Laura Hunter October 15, 2012 at 7:47 am

This sounds so good, I have some black eyed peas that I need to use up so I might make this with it. Although I might substitute chorizo for the ham hock. :)


Stephanie Zielinski October 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

Your stew looks delicious! For me, comfort food = family memories, thanks for sharing your story about your grandma’s kitchen!


Crazy Kwistin October 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

You always have such beautiful unique recipes! Love it :)


Angie @ Big Bear's Wife October 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm

That looks wonderful! It would be perfect for a cold fall night!


Cindys Recipes and Writings October 17, 2012 at 6:18 am

Ham and black-eyed peas sounds soooo goooood, Isabel!


Faye Leong October 17, 2012 at 8:46 am

Thank you for sharing us your grandmother’s recipe…the beans looks delicious!


sunithi October 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Love all the ingredients in this esp the beans :) Yummmm ! Looks so wholesome. Will be making this !


Patti October 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

Yumm Isabel! There is nothing better than Grandma’s cooking!


Sarah October 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

Isable I had to google what piri piri was. The stew does in fact sound so very comforting with ham hocks and black eyed peas. I often think of my grandmother too when I think of comfort dishes.


Anne @ Webicurean October 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I’m way behind on my SS reading! This recipe is super timely for me–I have a ham shank and some ham looking for a recipe. If I quick soak the beans, I can make this tonight!


Anne @ Webicurean October 29, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Just wanted to let you know I ended up making this today for dinner, and we loved it! The only thing I did differently is that I used 1 lb beans instead of 2, since I like it when the beans are a bit brothy. I left all the other measurements the same… delish!


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