June 20, 2014

Brazilian Cattleman's Beans

A typical dish from the countryside of Minas Gerais, a state well known for its amazing culinary, and historical sights.

(servings: 10 / time: 1h 30min)
1 lb pinto beans, cooked and drained
2 tbs vegetable oil
8 to 10 oz chopped bacon
1 lb sliced smoked sausage
2 chopped onions
6 diced garlic cloves
2 bay leaves
10 to 14 oz cassava (manioc) flour
salt an Tabasco pepper to taste
1 cup chopped parsley and chives
6 hard boiled eggs, sliced

1 – Cook the beans al dente, drain and set aside.
2 – In a large saucepan, heat oil and place the bacon and sausage to fry until well browned.
3 – Add the onions and mix well. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
4 – Place the garlic and bay leaves and fry for about 2 minutes, mixing.
5 – Add the manioc flour and, stirring frequently, let cook for about 5 minutes.
6 – Put the beans and cook for 5 minutes, in medium heat, stirring constantly.
7 – Taste. Add salt and pepper to taste.
8 – Turn off the heat, add parsley, chives and sliced eggs. Remove the bay leaves, mix well and serve.

Tips and Options

  • Pork, white rice, collard greens salad and fried pork rinds go well with this dish.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Feijão Tropeiro.

June 06, 2014

Fettuccine with Garlic and Bacon

With very few ingredients, you prepare this beautiful and tasty noodles recipe!

(servings: 5 / time: 25 minutes)
1 lb fettuccine noodles
8 oz chopped bacon
1 tbs butter
4 garlic cloves, finely diced
salt and olive oil to taste
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


1 – Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
2 – In a saucepan or high skillet, place butter and bacon and fry until the bacon is crispy.
3 – Add the garlic and mix for a few second.
4 – Place the fettuccine, already cooked, and stir well.
5 – Add salt and olive oil to taste.
6 – Turn off the heat and sprinkle parsley.

Tips and Options

  • Spice up the dish, adding hearts of palm, mushrooms or broccoli.
  • It can be served as one-dish meal or with grilled chicken breast and green salad.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Fettuccine ao Alho e Bacon.
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