January 13, 2012

Brazilian Beans

You may have tasted it before... but how about you cooking a homemade Brazilian style beans?

BRAZILIAN BEANS
(6 to 8 servings / 2 hours) 

Ingredients
1 lb. pinto beans (or black beans)
1 minced onion
4 minced garlic cloves
1 tbs. canola (or olive) oil
salt to taste (about ½ tbs)
water

Directions
1 – In a colander, rinse beans in cold water until get clean (remove grains that are not good).
2 – Pour it into a pressure cooker, adding about 6-7 cups water and lock the lid.
3 – When the pressure builds up, lower the fire and let it cook for 30 minutes.
4 – Remove pressure cooker from heat and use quick-release (following manufacturer's instructions) or allow pressure to drop on its own.
5 – In a pan, heat oil and saute onion and garlic.
6 – Mix in a few ladles of beans and add salt.
7 – Pour the mix into the pressure cooker, stirring well.
8 – Turn the heat to medium-high and let it cooks for 20 minutes more, mixing sometimes, to get thicken.

Tips
  • At point 4, beans should be soft. Taste a few grains and, if they are still hard, cook it for a few minutes more.
  • In step 5, you can add ½ cup chopped bacon.
  • Add 2 bay leaves in step 8.
  • White rice and beans are pretty much an everyday food in Brazil. Usually, it is served with some kind of meat and green salad or vegetables.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Feijão.

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