Brazilian Farofa for Feijoada

Brazilian Farofa for Feijoada

April 19, 2019

Farofa is a traditional side dish of Brazilian cuisine whose main ingredient is cassava flour.

Have you ever been to a Brazilian churrasquería? I know they are becoming more popular outside South America.

The main attraction of a churrasquería is the meat. Delicious and amazing meat (drooling already 😋)

But if you venture out and go to the buffet isle, you’ll find a big cast-iron pot, bobbling with a hot, thick bean stew called feijoada.

And right next to the feijoada, you’ll find this mysterious, brownish flour with little chunks of something. And that my friends, is farofa.

What is Farofa?

Farofa {fa’ɾɔfɐ} is toasted cassava flour with onions, red sausage or bacon, eggs, and even bananas or prunes.

It is a low-cost dish and very easy to prepare, not only goes well with feijoada, but with roasted chicken, breaded fish, and meats.

For this recipe, I chose the most common one. It has few ingredients and is done in 30 minutes.

Start by pan roasting half of the cassava flour (1 cup) and set it aside.

cut up bacon on a wood tray

This recipe calls for butter and olive oil to fry bacon. Don’t skip it! it makes it really delicious.

onions and bacon cooking on a pan

Once the bacon is nice and crispy, add onions and garlic and cook until golden brown (the house smells amazing!)

To this, add cassava flour (roasted and not roasted) and cook for a few more minutes.

To finish up, add fresh parsley.

Brazilian Farofa for Feijoada

white bowl with rice, topped with black bean and farofa

Feijoada is another traditional Brazilian dish well known around the world. Cheap, easy to make and great for feeding crowds (ask all my visitors 😉)

Farofa and feijoada go hand in hand.

white bowl with farofa, white plate with orange slices, pan with bean stew

I hope you try it for your next gathering!

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Brazilian Farofa for Feijoada
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Farofa is a traditional side dish of Brazilian cuisine whose main ingredient is cassava flour.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Brazilian
Servings: 16 (2 tablespoons)
Calories: 100 kcal
Author: Lizet Bowen
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 125 g of bacon, cut into small pieces (4.45 oz)
  • 1 medium onion, cut into slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 2 cups cassava flour (280g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bunch of parsley, chopped
  1. In a large skillet, roast 1 cup of cassava flour on low heat. About 5 minutes, or until it is golden brown. Remove immediately and let cool on a plate.
  2. In the same pan, over medium heat, add butter, oil, and bacon. Cook until the bacon is crispy.
  3. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until the onion is golden brown.
  4. Add roasted cassava flour and the other cup of unroasted flour. Mix and cook over high heat.
  5. Stir constantly and cook for 3 minutes.
  6. If it needs salt, add 1/2 teaspoon.
  7. Add chopped parsley, mix and serve.
Recipe Notes

Once cool, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

I recommend this brand for cassava flour. Amafil.

Brazilian Farofa for Feijoada
Brazilian Farofa for Feijoada

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