Oct 18, 2010

Recipes: Brazilian feijão tropeiro (tropeiro beans)

Feijão tropeiro (roughly, Tropeiro beans) is a typical dish from the Brazilian cuisine, more specifically from the State of Minas Gerais. Its history goes back to Brazilian Colonial period, where the so called tropeiros would sell many things from city to city, travelling on horses. 

Traditionally, this dish includes beans, eggs, bacon, sausage, collard greens, yucca flour, onion, parsley, salt and pepper.

I tried to adapt the traditional version to create a lighter version at home, substituting the bacon for turkey one and pork sausage for chicken sausage. This dish is very delicious, tasty and very rich. With the few changes, it became less heavy and still very delicious. Give it a try!

1/2 lb pinto beans, cooked al dente (if you don't have a pressure cooker, soak them overnight and cook them for one to one and half hour)
4 links of spicy chicken sausage (cut in small pieces)
1/2 lb turkey bacon (cut in small cubes)
1 bunch collard greens (cut very finely)
1/4 lb yucca flour (many Latin markets or sections carry that)
2 tbsp. butter
1 large yellow onion (cut in 1/4 inch. cubes)
1 bunch of parsley (coarsely cut)

Savoury Preparation:
Cook the beans as per instructions above. While cooking that, cut all the ingredients accordingly. Saute the sausage in 1 tbsp of butter. Reserve. Include the second tbsp of butter, saute the onion, bacon and collard greens. The collard has be cooked and still crunchy (about 3 min in medium heat). Include the sausage and the cooked beans. Put the flour in small parts, constantly mixing. When all the ingredients are well mixed, include the parsley and mix one final time. The dish is ready to serve.

I served just with plain white rice. Include a lemon caipirinha if you feel like it!

Preparation time: 1h20min


elle pee said...

Wow! I can't wait to try this. So many flavors and proteins all in one dish.. yet it still looks beautiful.

Thanks you for sharing the history and recipe of this dish.


making pressure cookers hip again, one recipe at a time!

Giselle said...

thanks for stopping by! Actually, if you use the pressure cooker, the preparing + cooking time cuts down a lot! Yes, the dish is great, despite the quantity of flavors and proteins. Let me know how it comes out!