Mar 7, 2008

Brazilian Black Beans






This is a delicious black bean recipe from my Brazilian/Argentinian cousin, Katia, from Food For Every Season. She makes the best black bean recipe handed down to her from her father, another great cook. Black beans are loaded with fiber. Try this over white rice with chimichurri sauce, for wonderful fusion of flavors from Argentina and Brazil.

If you are serving this over rice, 1 cup may be too much, adjust the points accordingly.



Brazilian Black Beans
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 8 • Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 2 pts Points: 3 pts
Calories: 138.1 • Fat: 5.1g • Protein: 7.6 g • Carb: 16.4 g • Fiber: 5.5 g

Ingredients: 
  • 1 smoked ham hock (or smoked pork chop)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lb package dried black beans
For the sofrito:
  • 1 large minced white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3/4 bunch of parsley finely chopped (no stems)
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Soak bean over night. Discard water.

In a pressure cooker combine soaked beans, ham hock and bay leaves in a large pot and add enough water to cover beans at least 3 inches, about 6 cups. Bring to a boil, then cover and lock the lid. Cook 45 minutes in a pressure cooker on medium-low heat. After 45 minutes shut heat off and wait for the pressure to come out of the pot before removing the lid.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan add oil; saute onion, garlic, and parsley on a medium heat. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook until onions are translucent, about 10-15 minutes.

Add onion mixture to the beans and cook uncovered 20-30 more minutes, or until beans have a thick consistency.

20 comments :

  1. This sounds delicious! I love black beans and I just got my first pressure cooker. This will be the perfect way to test it out! :-)

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  2. ninguem no brasil como arroz com feijão e chimichurri - que por sinal é um molho argentino... comemomo arroz com feijão e faroja, ou fairnha

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  3. Great idea to add the chimichurri! I like how you fused the flavors from these two neighboring countries. You Rock! thanks! Can't wait to try it!

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  4. I would love to try this recipe but don't own a pressure cooker -- do you have any advice on altering the recipe to use a stock pot or crock pot? Thanks!
    quantumgirl

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  5. Sure, If you use a stock pot, you just have to cook the beans longer. Maybe 1 1/2 hours on low, covered. Then after they are cooked and soft, you add the parsley mixture and continue cooking uncovered on low about 20-30 minutes, until the beans have a nice thick consistancy.

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  6. Hi Gina,
    Does the point count on this recipe include the rice? I love beans and I can't wait to try this! I made your sauted brussel sprouts last night and they were delicious!

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  7. No, but quite honestly 1/2 cup of beans over 1 cup of white rice is a healthy serving and is 6.5 points.

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  8. If you only have a crock pot how would you alter the way you cook your beans? It sounds good can't wait to try it

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  9. For the crockpot: I would soak overnight, discard water, then add 4 cups of water, bay leaves and ham hock. Cover and cook on high 6 hours or until the beans are tender. Then add sauteed onions and parsley, season with salt and pepper, cover and cook on high 1 to 1 1/2 more hours.

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    1. Thanks :) I love Black beans & will try this in my crock pot! Keep up the great work with the awesome recipes!!

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  10. we eat this everyday :) but we dont add chimichurri to it tho!

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  11. Hi Gina:
    Is there a way to measure the beans for this recipe if I buy them in bulk? I'm not clear on what a "package" would constitute. Thanks!

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  12. Where does one acquire a pre-smoked ham hock? I'm not even sure I know what those look like..

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    1. In the supermarket, if you can't find it smoked ham would work.

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  13. I find them in my supermarket. If you can't find them, a ham bone would work.

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  14. Hi Gina -
    I love your bean recipes and have been trying to eat more beans as I don't eat red meat... So I am wondering if you could suggest a replacement for ham that would still add flavour?
    Thanks a bunch - Lisa

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  15. Lisa, try my Cuban black bean recipe, it's vegetarian.

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  16. Quick question - is the points for a 1/2c or 1c - when I do 8 servings through WW recipe builder its coming out as 5 pts per serving. thanks - just wondering what i'm doing wrong...

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    1. I am going to remake this to answer all you questions.

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