Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Vegetarian Recipe Spot

Frijoles Negros (Black Beans)


  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 2 green bell peppers, halved and seeded
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


Soak the bans with one of the green peppers in the water for 8 hours or overnight. After soaking, bring the beans, pepper and water to a boil, then immediately turn the heat to a simmer and cook, covered for 1 1/2 hours, or until the beans are almost tender. Prepare a sauce, called sofrito, by combining the other green bell pepper, the onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, bay leaf and a little of the cooking water in a blender. Blend on low until the mixture is smooth. Add the sofrito to the beans. Bring to a boil again, then immediately reduce the heat to a simmer.

Add salt and the wine, vinegar, and sugar. Continue to simmer, uncovered, until the bean mixture becomes thick, about 2 more hours. Add olive oil immediately before serving. Serve over steamed ric.

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