Farofa is a delicious accompaniment to many Brazilian dishes, especially the classic black bean stew feijoada. Farofa is made with manioc (cassava) flour (harina de mandioca), which is toasted in a skillet with butter, onions, and palm oil. The root of the manioc (cassava) plant is commonly sold as a very fine starch (almidón), often called tapioca flour in the US.
To make farofa, you need manioc flour that is coarsely ground, with a texture like farina cereal. You can find manioc flour in Brazilian markets or online. If you can't find manioc crumbs, you can substitute with bread crumbs - the flavor is not the same but it is still tasty.
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon palm oil
- 1 large onion (finely chopped)
- 2 cups manioc flour
- Salt (to taste)
- Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
- Optional: 1/2 cup chopped black olives
- Optional: 1/2 cup diced hard boiled egg
- Gather the ingredients.
- Melt the butter and palm oil in a skillet over medium-low heat.
- Add the onions and cook until very soft and golden, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the manioc flour and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 more minutes until well mixed and evenly toasted and lightly browned.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Stir in optional black olives and/or hard boiled eggs if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!
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