Monday, May 16, 2011

Black Beans and Rice

I tried a couple recipes before I decided on this one to be the yummiest. The original recipe can be found here, but because I couldn't find some of these ingredients I switched it up a bit and it would be too spicy for Brookie. I think the changes ended up tasting great!

1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 jar of roasted red bell pepper, chopped, not pickled
2 to 3 cloves of garlic, minced or chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 bottle of white wine
2 to 3 bay leafs
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp of smoked paprika
3 drops of hot sauce
4 cans of black beans or you can make them homemade from dry beans. Recipe to follow
Yellow Rice- I couldn't find what the original called for so this is what I used

Saute onion then add bell pepper, jar of roasted red bell pepper and garlic. Saute until tender
Add lemon juice
Add white wine
Cook at medium high heat--medium boil--for about 5 or so minutes, cooking off some of the alcohol.
Add bay leafs, salt and pepper and smoked paprika
Cook another 5 minutes
Add hot sauce
Bring to a boil for 10 minutes, stirring as needed
Cover and cook on low for approximately 1 hour, or put in crock pot on low for 2 to 3 hours (if you don't use dry beans). It is best when the beans are cooked soft. Let cool
Cook the rice at whatever point you choose...before, during or after preparing the beans.

The flavor is delicious and my family ate it up!!

Black Beans
makes about 36oz which I found to be enough for the recipe above.

1 1/2 cup of dry beans washed and examined. Make sure there isn't any bad beans or rocks in your bunch.
5 cups of water

Put in a crock pot for 5-6 hours

Do not salt until after the cooking process. I didn't salt my beans until after I cooked them with the mixture from above.

Sometimes when I am making beans I take out a cup of water and add a can of diced tomato, jalapeno, onion, garlic, etc. The best part about making your own beans is that you can add whatever flavor combination and don't have all the salt and preservatives.

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