Friday, April 01, 2005

Black beans and rice

You can play with this recipe and adjust it to your personal taste. For 4-6 servings

3 cans black beans (I like Progreso brand)
2-3 tbl olive oil
1/2 can Rotel
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
handful of chopped cilantro stems (optional)
chopped ham, as much as you'd like, but at least 1/4 cup
cubed pork, (optional)
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp dried coriander (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onion, pepper, garlic, and cilantro stems in olive oil until softened. Add ham, pork, and seasonings and saute 5 more minutes. Add rotel and beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes. (Depending on how long you simmer you may need to add some additional water or chicken stock.) Adjust seasonings and simmer 5 more minutes. Serve with rice and marinated onions.

Marinated onions

1/2 cup vinegar, I like red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp oregano
1 red or vidalia onion, sliced

Heat vinegar and oregano. Add sliced onion and let stand.

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