I am crazy for black beans! And so are many friends of mine who ask me all the time how to make black beans. To take care of this topic once and for all, I decided to present here not just one but two ways of making black beans: Quick and from scratch. 🙂
The quick recipe (made from canned black beans) can be seen on A Couple In The Kitchen, the blog that I have been assigned to this month by the Secret Recipe Club. If you don’t want your black beans spicy, simply omit the cayenne pepper from the recipe. As a bonus, you will get a Quick Cuban Pork recipe featured in the same post. Well, to make these canned black beans tastier, first sweat the onion and garlic in a bit of oil and stir in the canned black beans and cumin (and seasonings, if necessary). Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or follow the directions stated in the quick recipe.
A Couple In The Kitchen is co-authored by Chris and Amy, “a married couple who are both teachers by day and would-be chefs by night.” Their blog features mostly American recipes with a spin as well as Italian, although Cuban, Portuguese, and others ethnic recipes can be found.
I have to say that it was quite fun to browse their blog. Chris’ cooking creativity is exciting! His potato pave is impressive and worth a try — of course, if I didn’t hate a mandolin so much. At the same time Amy cracks me up… This is a compliment, especially coming from a Brazilian who has a different perception of humor than Americans do. Her sense of humor really transcends cultural barriers as you can see: ” The first thing Amy learned to cook by herself was Kraft Macaroni ‘n Cheese. Even way back then, she considered the directions on the box to be merely suggestions, and to this day, prefers her secret shame Kraft dinner to be ‘firm, yet watery.’ ” Ai, ai, ai… I am about to wet my pants laughing!
But if you would like to make black beans from scratch though, you can certainly learn from me. It is not that different from feijoada, minus all the pork meats. You can make a large batch, divide into containers, and freeze so you’ll have beans made from scratch anytime that you need. This is what I do often… and it’s a time saver! These beans can also be used for making black bean soup and, of course, in tacos, burritos, and dips.
Well, check out Chris and Amy’s quick recipe and enjoy our black beans from scratch — a staple in Brazil!