Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Abuelita Carmen's Fabulous Frijoles

People eat beans (frijoles), arroz (rice), and in most places -- arepas everyday. So, if you are adopting a child old enough to eat solid food they are probably fans of this cuisine. To help you prepare a meal that can be a hit, here is a recipe for FABULOUS FIJOLES ANTIOQUEÑOS.

1 lb. Red Beans, preferably Cargamento or Cranberry beans
1 small can (8 oz.) of tomato sauce or two large ripe tomatoes finely chopped
3 Tablespoons Butter
1 small onion – finely chopped
2 teaspoon powdered chicken broth
1-2 teaspoons Cumin or more if you really like the taste
1 Plantain
(Make sure it is VERY ripe or it will give the beans a bitter taste).
Salt to taste
Optional – add meat like flank steak, pork rinds, ground beef.

Step 1:

Wash the beans and put them to soak in water overnight.

Step 2:

Put beans and about 6 cups of water in a large pressure cooker. Bring to a boil and cover and let cook for about 30 minutes. Let out the pressure. Check water, and add plantain and meat. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes. Let cool and let out pressure.

If you do not have a pressure cooker, you can use a crock pot. Put beans, plantain, and meat in the crock pot. Cover and cook on HIGH until the beans are soft.

Step 3:

Make a Guiso. Place butter in a large pan and sauté onions. Then add, tomato sauce, cumin, and powdered chicken broth. Cook together on medium high for about 5-10 minutes.

Step 4:

Add beans and salt to the guiso in a frying pan and cook in the sauce for 10-15 minutes. Add bean juice to the mix until you get the desired consistancy. Some people like beans more soupy, some more dry.

BONUS RECIPE: REGULAR FABULOUS FRIJOLES.

This is also a recipe for regular beans if you exclude the plantain and meat. These regular beans would be served in any part of the country. Also, cumin can be optional if you really don't like it.

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