Recipe for Baião de dois (Dance for two)

Baião de dois is a dish from the Northeast of Brazil, more specifically the states of Ceará, Rondônia and Acre. It consists of a prepared rice and beans, preferably black eyed peas or green beans, and often some sort of dried meat is included also.

As we know, music and dancing are very important things in Brazil, so the portuguese word baião, after which the dish was named, actually is a traditional dance from the northeast. Now the "dois" or two, comes from the fact that this dish combines two popular basic elements of Brazilian cuisine: rice and beans. One interesting fact is that this dish is mostly made at night to use up leftover baked beans from the day. For this dish, you cook raw rice, have at hand some already cooked beans with their broth,along with toppings such as onions, tomatoes, peppers and then and spices such as cilantro and chives. Cheese and cream are also frequently added to this dish.

Yield: 8-12 servings
Total time:
pan with Baião de dois

Homemade Baião de dois

* 1 lb. (1/2 kg) black eyed peas
* 1/2 lb. smoked bacon
* 1 paio sausage or smoked sausage (sliced)
* 2 tablets chicken stock
* 1 large onion, chopped or grated
* 1 garlic clove, crushed
* 1 yellow pepper
* 4 tablespoons of oil
* 1/2 cup Parsley or chopped cilantro, more if desired
* 2 and 1/2 cups uncooked rice
* 5 oz. (150 g) curd cheese (thinly sliced or cubed)


1) Wash the beans, and the night before soak them in water overnight. The next day, throw out the water and pour in new water and the beans in a pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer them together with the bacon and sausage; this should take 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours until beans are tender.

2) Meanwhile, in another pan, fry the onion and garlic in oil. Add the cilantro and rice and fry well until the onions are becoming translucent.

3) Pour in the already cooked beans and sausages along with the broth they cooked in.

4) Mix well, cover the pan and simmer until the rice is cooked, moist and tender consistency. While cooking the rice, add water if necessary, we do not want this preparation to run dry.

5) Add the parsley and stir; coat the rice with the slices of curd cheese. Cover the pan again and let the steam melt the cheese.

That's it, your Baião de dois is ready; bom apetite!

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