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Brazil - Brazilian Cuisine

Although many of the basic ingredients used through Brazilian cuisine are the same, there is quite a variety depending on the region. Popular ingredients in Brazil include rice, black beans, pork, mandioc, palm oil, salted codfish, and coconut. Brazilian dishes are heavily influenced by the native indian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Middle Eastern, Asian, and African cooking.
Brazilian Black Bean Stew

2 lb. dried black beans
1/2 lb beef jerky (optional)
1/2 lb salt pork
1/2 lb link sausage
1 lg pork ribs (fresh or cured)
1 lg clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. onion
1 bay leaf (optional)
1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
Cook beans in water to cover approximately 1 hour with the salt
pork. During the last hour of cooking add the ribs and sausage.
About this time, saut the onion and garlic in the olive oil and
add to the beans. Cook until beans and meat are tender and done.
Your should allow about 3 hours from start to finish. Serve with
white rice. For a traditional Brazilian meal, serve with kale
which has been shredded and sauted in olive oil and browned minced garlic, a hot sauce of your own choosing, sliced oranges and ground manioc flour which has been heated with butter.

Brazilian Black beans

4 cups black beans
1/2 lb piece beef chunk
1/2 lb salt pork, sliced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & freshly ground pepper

Wash beans, cover with water and soak overnight. The next day
drain and transfer to a large, heavy kettle. Add enough cold water to come about 2 inches above the beans. Bring to a boil, add the beef, salt pork. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for three hours, stirring occasionally. Cool and discard the meats. Heat the olive oil in a skillet, add the onion and the garlic and cook until the onion is tender. Stir into beans. Cover and refrigerate overnight. To serve, heat for an hour, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasonings.

Roasted Pork Loin

1 4 1/2 to 5 lb loin of pork (10 chops)
2 teaspoons salt
freshly ground pepper
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves

Preheat oven to 325F. Place pork, fat side up, in a roasting pan.
Insert thermometer, do not let it touch bone. Rub in the s&p.
Roast for 35 minutes to the pound, or until it reaches 170F. In
a small saucepan, mix the oj, sugar, ginger & cloves. Simmer for 30 minutes. Brush this glaze at least twice over the pork while it is roasting.

Brazilian rice

2 cups long grain rice
3 tablespoons oil
1 onion, peeled and sliced
1 tomato, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Heat the oil in a medium sized skillet. Add the rice and onion
and cook, stirring over very low heat until the rice makes a swishing sound -- about 20 minutes. Stir in the toator and salt. Add two cups boiling wter. Bring the rice to a boil, lower heat, cover and cook for 25 minutes.

Bananas With Rum

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons white rum
6 medium underripe bananas

Preheat oven to 400F. In a saucepan, mix the sugar, lemon juice, butter and rum together and simmer for 10 minutes. Peel the bananas and slice them in half, lengthwise. Place them cut side down, in a buttered baking dish and pour the hot syrup over them. Bake for 30 minutes, turning once. Let cool.


4 1/4 lbs black beans
1 1/4 lbs dried beef
1 lb salt cured pork
1 lb bacon
1 lb smoked sausage
6 pieces dried sausage
1 piece smoked beef tongue
2 pigs ears
2 pigs tail (or equal amount of ox tail)
2 pigs trotters
1 large chopped onion
1 medium chopped onlion
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cloves garlic
3 bay leaves
hot peppers
rice, manioc, couscous or fried, shredded kale


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