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the bean remedy

Posted: September 7th, 2009 | Author: leah | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Thank you to Joh’s dad who sent two GREAT northern versions of baked beans and stove top beans. Also to my grandmother who emailed me a version of red beans and rice.

I ended up going with what I had in the fridge and combined a few recommendations.

1/2 lb dried pinto beans

I did the quick boil method rather than letting them sit overnight. Go through the beans for any rocks then rinse. Cover with 2-3 cups warm water and boil 2-3 minutes then let rest at least one hour in the hot water. Drain and cook as normal. (Joh’s dad suggested using the soak water)

I cut up two slices of bacon and cooked them in a pan. On top of the bacon and grease I added the beans, 3-4 cups of warm water and let cook 45 mins on medium heat.

Then I added half a large onion diced, 1/2 a bunch of green onion diced, 1/2 a large green pepper diced, 2 garlic cloves minced, 1/4 tsp red pepper, 1/4 tsp oregano, several good cranks of black pepper, a few dashes Tabasco sauce, 1 Tblsp Worcestershire sauce and a pinch of salt. I stirred and let that cook another 45 minutes checking periodically and adding 1/2 cup water heer and there to keep the beans covered.

The texture was great and the flavor had MUCH more depth than my normal dried herb routine. I crumbled cornbread on top, a few shakes of Tabasco and some of my mom’s homemade relish. Ahhh….heartwarming. Just what I wanted.

The hubs liked the flavor but didn’t try a bowl. He instead had his third helping of man n cheese for the weekend (recipe coming soon).

Next time I’ll try Joh’sdad’s suggestion and add maple and brown sugar for more of a baked bean / bbq  flavor. Or smoked sausage, tomatoes and serve it over rice like like grandma suggested.

Cooler weather is coming soon. Keep your eyes peeled for YOUR new favorite way to make a savory bowl of beans.

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