Country – BRAZIL
1 pound dry black beans (soaked overnight)*, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 4 ounces slab bacon (rind removed), diced, 1 pound pork ribs, cut into individual ribs, 2 Mexican chorizo sausages, sliced, 1 smoked sausage, such as linguica or kielbasa, sliced, 1 large onion, chopped, 4 cloves garlic, minced, 3 tomatoes, diced, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, 3 bay leaves, water, white rice (for serving), farofa (for serving)
METHOD / DIRECTIONS:
1. In a large bowl with water, soak beans overnight.
2. When you are ready to make your stew, in a large heavy-bottom soup pot, over medium heat, add the oil and bacon. Cook until crisp and transfer to a plate.
3. Use the same saucepan to brown ribs and sausages in batches. Set aside.
4. If needed, add more oil to the pan. On medium-high, sauté onion and garlic until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for another 3 minutes.
5. Drain and rinse the soaked beans. Add them to the pot along with the ribs, bacon, sausages, salt, pepper, bay leave. Cover with water (about 8 cups).
6. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Cover and let it cook for 2 to 2 and a half hours, or until the beans are soft.
7. If the stew is too liquidy, uncover the saucepan and continue to cook for another 20 minutes to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.
8. Serve with white rice and sprinkle some farofa on top.