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Beans in the Pot
1 lb Pinto beans; cranberry beans, or Anasazi beans
2 Medium onions; chopped
5 Whole garlic cloves; peeled
2 Bay leaves or sprigs cilantro
Place beans in large pot; add water to cover by at least 2 inches.
Soak overnight or use quick-cook method: Bring to a boil, cook 2
minutes, then remove from heat, cover and let sit for 1 hour.
Drain beans, then return to pot and add wataer to cover by 1 inch. Add
onions and garlic. For a Mexican flavor, add cilantro and mint; for an
Italian flavor, add a bay leaf or two.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered, stirring
once or twice, for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, or until the beans are tender.
Add water as needed, enough to cover beans with a little extra on
top, but don't add too much or the beans "drown" and their flavor is
compromised. Season to taste with salt.
Yields about 6 cups of cooked beans.
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