Cattleman’s Beans (Feijão Tropeiro)

Feijão Tropeiro, or Cattleman’s Beans, is a traditional dish from the region of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Feijão Tropeiro combines dried beans sautéed with typical Brazilian ingredients like cassava flour, scallions, eggs, and bacon. This makes for a hearty and delicious signature Brazilian dish that is absolutely packed with flavor. This is not a dish that will leave you hungry wanting more, and is perfect for serving with guests.

*Serves 8-10*
1 pound dried beans
1/2 pound bacon, cubed
1/4 pound fried pork rind, crumbled
4 eggs
2 tablespoons butter
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/3 pound manioc flour
1 tablespoon chopped parsley for garnish
1 tablespoon scallions, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1) Soak the dried beans in a bowl of water overnight.
2) The next day cook them in a saucepan with water on medium heat until they are tender. Then drain the water and set the beans aside.
3) In a large pan, fry the bacon until crispy, then remove it from the pan and reserve. In the same pan, using the bacon grease, fry the eggs over hard and set them aside on a platter when done.
4) Add the butter to the bacon grease remaining in the pan. When melted, add the garlic and onion and fry on medium heat until they are slightly browned. Add the drained beans and cook for about five minutes. Add the manioc flour, one handful at a time, stirring constantly.
5) When all the manioc flour has been added, remove the pan from the heat. Add the crumbled pork rinds and stir thoroughly to mix completely.
6) Now add the eggs and salt and pepper to taste and mix it in well.
7) Finally, cover with the chopped parsley and scallions and stir them in well. Serve immediately.

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