Recipe by Marlies Monika
"The Brazilian answer to baked beans!!! It is delicious when served as a sidedish with meat, but you can also make it a main dish and hand some rice with it!"
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1 (8 ounce) package
dry black beans
2 1/2 quarts
garlic, peeled and minced
bacon strips, diced
chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
OK, I'm lazy and took a lot of shortcuts. Instead of dry beans, I used two cans of drained black beans. I also substituted a can of diced tomato and dried parsley for the fresh ingredients. I fried the bacon first and drained all but a little of the fat before adding the onions, garlic and carrot. Once they were tender, I added the beans and other ingredients and cooked until warm. This recipe was delicious as a side or on a tortilla with other fixings. My kids loved it, too!
Ok - but not great. Needed more flavor for my tastebuds
Doubled the recipe and substituted a jar of medium salsa for the two tomatoes required (Safeway Select Roasted Tomato Salsa: EASILY the best salsa available in any supermarket!). I also added a tablespoon of ketchup to nullify the spiciness a bit to make it more kid friendly. The only problem I ran into is that the additional moisture of the salsa made it impossible to brown the bacon inside the vegetable mixture. So, Instead of cooking the bacon until it was brown and crispy, I just made sure it looked more or less "done" and reduced the moisture a bit before adding to the beans. I also dumped out some of the standing water in the bean pot to reduce moisture there. In the future, I will probably prepare the bacon in advance, though, honestly, it wasn't AT ALL bad with the bacon just "done". My kids (ages 11, 9, and 4) really enjoyed it, and the ketchup added just enough sweetness to the dish to make it taste like baked beans. Lastly, we served this dish as a main dish with rice and tortillas. I and my wife found that wrapping a mixture of beans and rice in the tortilla made for a very nice burrito. Anyway, thumbs up all around.
Anything with bacon grabs my attention! This is a great bean recipe. I didn't have a pressure cooker but it all turned out tasty. I soaked the beans overnight and just boiled them for an hour before I added the bacon and veggies. I like beans not so mushy. We ate it as a main course with a wrap and salsa. It was great!
I surprised my brasilian boyfriend with this dish and he told me that it was almost like his mother used to prepare it. He was really impressed!!! Thank you so much!
Using this recipe as more of a guide, I just winged it and eyeballed the measurements of ingredients to suit my taste, using canned black beans, drained and rinsed. When looking over the recipe I noticed there were no spices, so I added ground cumin and was glad I did. Once the bacon, carrot, onion and garlic were cooked and tender, I did not drain the fat from the bacon before I added the beans, and I liked the extra flavor it provided. I simmered this for about 10 minutes, adding chicken stock as necessary so it wouldn't dry out. This was tasty, but I think the bacon fat and cumin were significant flavor contributions. Loved the addition of the tomatoes, carrots and parsley for color. This was a perfect side dish for the "Chicken with Tomatillos and Poblanos," also from this site, that I served it with.
This was very delicious!
Excellent. I kept coming back to snitch bits. Very good flavors, great compliment to chicken!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Black Beans with Bacon
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 381
** Calories from Fat: 220
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