Golden Manioc Meal

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Brazilians love farinha de mandioca (manioc meal), especially prepared in the form of farofa, which is nothing more than the meal toasted to a pale golden color, either in a skillet on top of the stove or in the oven. This is put in a farinheira, a shaker that appears on every Brazilian table, and is sprinkled on all kinds of savory foods. The recipe here is for the basic farofa. There are other, more elaborate ones, such as farofa de dendê, which is fried in dendê (palm oil) after being toasted, and farofa de ameixas, which is made with prunes. Cooks, depending on the menu, may add onions, crispy bacon, passion fruit pulp, or shredded kale, to name just a few favorite ingredients.


Cooking Methodsauteeing



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Recipe Courseside dish

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturebuttery, crisp


  • 2 cups manioc meal or fine dry bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 hard-cooked eggs
  • Salt
  • 8 black olives for garnish


  1. In a large, heavy skillet, toast the manioc meal over low heat, stirring constantly, until it begins to turn a pale beige. Remove from the heat.

  2. In a medium-size saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the toasted manioc meal slowly, stirring so that it doesn’t burn, and cook until all of the butter is absorbed and there are no clumps. Remove from the heat.

  3. Peel the eggs, cut in half lengthwise, and remove the yolks. Chop the whites and set aside. Finely chop the yolks and add to the farofa. Season with salt to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and decorate with the egg whites and olives.

  4. To Serve:

  5. Serve with feijoada, fowl, fish, or barbecued meat.


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