Amuse Bouche: Craving Feijoada

Originally posted April 4. Like shepherd’s pie, feijoada is even better in the winter. Sadly, Green Field Churrascaria is now closed.

Feijoada, a hearty bean and meat stew, is widely considered to be the national dish of Brazil. It generally consists of beef, several different pork products (from bacon to pig ears and feet), and black beans. The stew simmers slowly for hours before reaching its salty, savory ready state. It’s a complex, robust, delicious dish, rich with porcine goodness. It’s also difficult to find. That’s where we come in. Using the power of the MenuPages Find-a-Food Search, we’ve found three excellent places to get your feijoada on in the Boston area.

•The Japanese community in Brazil is growing by leaps and bounds, so it’s not much of a surprise that you can get sushi along with your feijoada at Green Field Churrascaria in Allston. Their stew is served buffet style, so if you really want to have a belts-off good time, you could have additional grilled meats on the side. Sounds like a party to us!
•At Cambridge’s Muqueca, the feijoada is served with the traditional accompaniments of collard greens, fried plantain, farofa (a Brazilian flour dish), and an orange.
•Although feijoada is mainly a Brazilian dish, a Portuguese version (which substitutes white for black beans) is delicious as well. Portugalia in Cambridge serves a version “a pescador” with squid, shrimp, scallop, and chorizo.

Craving something else after satisfying your feijoada jones? Tell us!

Find-a-Food Search [MenuPages]
Green Field Churrascaria [MenuPages]
Muqueca [Official Site]
Portugalia [Official Site]

Photo courtesy of Volunteer Brazil.

Amuse Bouche: Craving Feijoada