Thursday, September 13, 2007

A recipe we love

I don't know about you, but it is hard to find a huge variety of bean recipes we will eat. We do like a few things (and we like them a lot)- refried beans, bean soup, etc. This however is one that we all really like and as I made it yesterday I thought I would share it here. Make sure you make the sauce as it is really simple but is perfect with the beans.

Haitian Rice and Beans

1/3c oil
1c chopped onion
4-5 cloves garlic (or 1/2t powder)
1 1/2c raw rice
3c liquid (juice from beans plus water)
2c cooked beans
3 whole cloves or 1/4t ground cloves
2t thyme
1t salt
1t pepper
1/4t chili powder

Heat oil in pan and saute onion and garlic. Add rice and cook till rice looks white. Add rest of ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer till rice is tender and liquid absorbed. While cooking make sauce.

Sauce for Red Beans and Rice

2T oil
1 medium onion in chunks
1/2c green pepper chunks
3 cloves garlic thinly sliced
1 medium tomato coarsely chopped It says to peel it but I never do)
3T tomato paste
1/2t thyme
1/8t chili powder
2 cubes chicken bouillon crushed
1/4t black pepper

Heat oil and cook onions, peppers and garlic till tender crisp. Add everything else and simmer till veggies are done and flavors are melded. You can add chicken or beef if desired.


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