Feijoada Portuguese Bean Stew | Comfort Food #SundaySupper

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
This recipe screams comfort food. I loved watching my grandmother make this Portuguese Recipe for Sunday Supper.
Recipe type: Sunday Supper
Cuisine: Comfort Food Recipes
Serves: 8
  • 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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  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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!!!

  3. says

    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 :)

  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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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