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Apr 30, 2010 09:04 AM

Is it possible to make a vegetarian version of feijoada?

It won't be authentic without the mean, but I'm hoping I can make it have some of the same flavor. Any ideas? I am going to experiment with it this weekend.

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    1. I'm no feijoada expert, but years ago when we were completely vegetarian, I loved the book "The Vegetarian Feast" by Martha Rose Shulman. We really enjoyed this recipe.

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      1. re: bear

        Hmm, will have to go back and revisit that recipe after all those years. I remember how good it was when I developed it. I'll see if I can make it even better now.

        1. re: mrose314

          Hey, Martha, thanks for writing in, and for the terrific recipes you've developed over the years!

          When I was a young mother trying to make ends meet and to feed our family healthy, nutritious foods on a limited budget, I used to get the hard-cover version of The Vegetarian Feast out of the library every couple of weeks, since there wasn't a lot of money in the budget for cookbooks. There weren't a lot of books that actually offered tasty veggie foods at the time (lots of brown rice and tofu casseroles). It brings back wonderful memories thinking of that period in our lives. Your recipes were wonderfully well-thought-out and delicious and really helped us to eat a varied and delicious diet.

          A few years later after we started eating some meat (three of us, son remained a committed vegetarian), my husband surprised me with Mediterranean Light one Christmas because he knew how much I enjoyed your books. It also became a favorite, and helped us to incorporate meat in a moderate way into our diet. You've inspired me to pull it off the shelf and revisit it.

          Let us know if you do modify the feijoada recipe. I'll have to make it soon for old-time sake, and because it's delicious!

          1. re: mrose314

            Ahhh - you are the cookbook author-cool! I'm going to try this recipe (vegetarian version) this week - I just got your book from the library and love it - realize that I had a copy while in college and probably got my healthy, veg head grounding there :-) Glad to have come across it again and thanks for the delicious recipes over the years

        2. Feijoada doesn't involve feijoas? What does the word/prefix feijoa translate to?

          1. I was just thinking about this same thing the other day. Glad to see the post.

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            1. re: junglekitte

              I believe that the word Feijoa is beans. However, feijoada is reallt about all that meat- sausage, pork etc.Then again, I amnot a vegatarian and cannot imagine this dish without the meat.

              1. re: emilief

                Huh. I became acquainted with feijoas recently as a type of fruit (an AWESOME fruit!).

                1. re: sonia darrow

                  Feijoas are fruit, also known as the pineapple guava; Feijoada, different spelling, is the national dish of Brazil, and the word feij√£o, means beans in Portuguese. The stew usually contains pig parts, feet, tongue, tail, etc, smoked ham hocks, linguica, carne seca, smoked pork or beef ribs, beef and black beans, all cooked together and seasoned with garlic, a little vinegar and hot sauce, garnished with oranges and served with rice or farofa. I'm sure there are many versions of Feijoada in Brazil, but all will include a variety of meat products and black beans.

                  I think the Martha Rose Shulman vegetarian recipe link above will give you a nice, somewhat reasonable facsimile of Feijoada, but the true dish is made with meat.

                  1. re: bushwickgirl

                    That sounds pretty fantastic... I wish that it wasn't so unusual here in the states for people to use the different organs/parts of the animal. There's none of that stuff in the conventional supermarkets of course, and we even asked about organs/bones/etc at the butcher counter of one of the local co-op/health food stores and they looked at us like we were crazy.