• Ingredients: 40
  • Serves: 6
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Bake: 10 hrs

Portuguese bean stew (feijao a portuguesa) with dried navy or great northern beans, picked over, sliced bacon, large onion, chopped, garlic cloves, minced, water, 6-ounce can tomato paste, portuguese chouri‧o or spanish chorizo , cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices, dried hot red pepper flakes, or to taste, paprika. To make this portuguese bean stew (feijao a portuguesa) for 6 persons you will need 30 min for preaparation and 10 hrs for baking.


  • 1 lb. dried navy or Great Northern beans, picked over
  • 1 lb. sliced bacon
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 to 5 cups water
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 lb. Portuguese chouri‧o or Spanish chorizo , cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/2 tsp. dried hot red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp. paprika



Almond frosting

  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 6 drops yellow food coloring
  • Unsprayed mini roses

For strudel and phyllo triangles

  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted, husked
  • 12 vanilla wafer cookies
  • 12 sheets fresh phyllo pastry or frozen, thawed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted, cooled
  • vanilla ice cream
  • fresh mint sprigs

For cutting and dredging

  • About 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, for dusting the cutting board
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch sifted together with 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

For final assembly and decoration

  • Assorted nonpoisonous flowers

Berry compote


  1. Step 1 Cook bacon in a 4- to 6-quart heavy pot until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Spoon off (and discard) all but about 3 tablespoons fat in pot.

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  2. Step 2 Cook onion in reserved fat over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until golden, 7 to 9 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until it begins to turn golden.

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  3. Step 3 Drain beans and add to onion mixture with remaining ingredients (except bacon). Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours.

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  4. Step 4 (Older beans will take longer to cook and require more water during cooking.) Crumble bacon into beans and season with salt and pepper before serving.

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Nutrition information

Calories 981 Carbohydrates 56 g (19%)
Fat 64 g (98%) Protein 46 g (93%)
Saturated Fat 22 g (112%) Sodium 1,809 mg (75%)
Polyunsaturated Fat 7 g Fiber 14 g (54%)
Monounsaturated Fat 29 g Cholesterol 118 mg (39%)