Cuban Black Beans Recipe
This hearty side dish starts with a sofrito, a combination of finely minced onions and green peppers. The tomato puree and sherry give the beans a distinctive flavor.—Nena Linares, Los Angeles, California
- 2 cups dried black beans, rinsed
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 medium green peppers, chopped
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can (15 ounces) tomato puree
- 1/2 cup sherry or chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1. Rinse and sort beans; soak according to package directions. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.
- 2. Place beans in a large saucepan; add 6 cups water and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until tender.
- 3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute peppers and onions in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomato puree, sherry, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until thickened. Drain beans; discard bay leaf. Stir beans into tomato mixture. Yield: 9 servings.
3/4 cup equals 312 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 214 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 11 g protein.
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