Saturday, August 6, 2011

Yummy Black Beans

2 cups dried black beans
3 T cumin
1 medium onion chopped
4 cloves garlic chopped
salt
olive oil
Soak beans in water overnight, or bring to a boil in water for 2 minutes and soak for 4+ hours. Drain water, and rinse beans.

Have 6 cups of water ready to go. Put pan back on the stove and heat olive oil at the bottom. Cook onions then garlic till they are soft and translucent. Dump in 1 T cumin while you're doing this to flavor the onions. When the onions and garlic are soft, add the beans, and 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for an hour. Add the remaining cumin, about 2 t salt and whatever else you want to spice it up with. Simmer again for another hour or till the liquid is mostly gone. Don't let all the liquid dry up. Sample the beans to see if they're done (chewable and soft!). If not, add more water and keep simmering. When beans are done, mash some with a potato masher.

Great served with olive oil, salsa, on their own, on a salad with grains and veggies, etc...