Saturday, April 2, 2011

Black Beans and Rice

I made a huge batch of black beans and rice to go along with the Cuban pig I roasted for my brothers 40th birthday. I will post the pig recipe at some point but the black beans and rice were really a hit. These recipes are taken from the Dinosaur BBQ Cookbook, I have never made a bad recipe out of it. If you have never eaten at a Dinosaur you are missing out, I assure you.


The Beans
2 cups dried black beans
8 cups water
1/2 large onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp  salt
black pepper

The Sofrito
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
3 cloves garlic chopped
salt and pepper

The Finish
2 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp oregano
1 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp brown sugar
4 tsp red wine vinegar
Tabasco Sauce
1/4  cup dry sherry

Wash and sort the beans, add 2 cups of the water, the onions, peppers, garlic, bay, olive oil, salt and pepper. Turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil. Cover the pan with the lid cracked a bit and turn down the heat. Simmer for 2 to 2.5 hours, adding the water 1 cup at a time as it is absorbed.

After the beans have cooked about an hour and 1/2 make the sofrito. Heat the oil in a small saucepan and then add the remaining ingredients. Cook until the vegetable are soft. Set the sofrito aside.

Mix up all the dry ingredients for the finish ahead of time as well.

Once the beans are done and are swimming in a delicious rich black gravy, add the sofrito and remove the bay leaf. Then mix in all the ingredients for the finish. Serve over a batch of "Perfect Rice"

Perfect Rice
2 cups water
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup long grain rice

Combine the water, olive oil, salt and garlic in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Meanwhile put the rice in a sieve and rinse it under cold water until the water runs clear. Add the rice to the boiling water, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Cook a few minutes longer if it seems to moist then fluff with a fork.

Excellent stuff.

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