This dish is a staple of Brasil (and yes, that is how Brasilians spell it). We eat these beans every day of the week, and when the weekend comes we tweak the recipe to make other delicious bean dishes.
Beans are a cheap way to get good nutrition. I make mine in a pressure cooker, but you don't have to. You can use a crock pot or plain old stove top pan.
- 1Lb of beans of any color: black, pinto, kidney, fava... This is an equal opportunity recipe.
- Water (varies per recipe)
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 garlic clover peeled and chopped really small
- 1 cube of Knorr chicken bullion (or veggie bullion if you are making a vegetarian version)
- 1 onion peeled and choped real small
- 3 scallion stalks cleaned and cut.
- A pinch of black pepper.
And the secret ingredient:
-2 tablespoons of bacon fat (or plain old olive oil for a vegetarian version)
Do this the night before you plan on having this dish.
- Wash your beans in a colander, the beans are dusty and you want to get rid of that.
- Put the beans in a large bowl.
- Cover the beans with water, plus 2-3 cups more. I know it is not an exact measurement but each different bean will take different amounts of water.
- Let them soak for a few hours, preferably overnight.