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Smoked Ham Hocks with Black Beans Or
Believe it or not, this recipe was inspired by my calendar.
That’s right, my calendar, the month of June to be exact.
|Smoked Ham Hocks with Black Beans|
What is Feijoada? (I found two definitions)
1. Feijoada pronounced [fay-ZWAH-da] or [fey-jwah-duh]
Is a delicious, traditional, Brazilian stew made of pork and black beans and
is traditionally served over rice with a side of fresh greens and orange slices
2. Feijoada pronounced [fay-ZHWAH-duh]
Brazil’s most famous regional dish, feijoada is an assortment platter of thinly sliced meats,
such as sausages, pigs feet and ears, beef and smoked tongue accompanied by side dishes of
rice, black beans, shredded kale or collard greens, hearts of palm, orange slices and hot peppers.
We served this delicious ‘stew’ over rice for a hearty meal.
Brazilian Cheese Rolls and Feijoada are meant for each other~
Smoked Ham Hocks with Black Beans
16 ounce package
dry black beans, soaked 6 to 8 hours
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups
- 1 large leek, cleaned and sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 smoked ham hocks
- 4 bay leaves
- salt and pepper, to taste
chopped fresh cilantro
chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 pound thickly sliced bacon, diced
- cooked rice for serving
- Place beans in a Dutch oven. Cover with water. Allow to soak for 6 to 8 hours.
- Drain beans, set aside until needed.
- Heat oil in a large soup pot.
- Add chopped onion, sliced leeks and garlic; cook and stir until softened, about 4 minutes. Pour in the soaked, drained beans and fill with enough clean water to cover beans by 3 inches.
- Add smoked ham hocks, diced ham, bay leaves, coriander, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer covered for 2 hours or until beans are tender and meat pulls off the bone.
- Remove ham hocks and set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from ham hocks and chop into bite-size pieces. Add back to bean mixture.
- Fry bacon in a small skillet until crispy. Drain bacon on paper towel, add to pork/bean mixture. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Simmer uncovered for 1 hour.
- Serve over rice.