White Northern Beans with Aji Verde Sauce
Beans are high in complex carbohydrates, protein and dietary fiber, low in fat, calories and completely cholesterol-free. Eating as little as a half a cup of beans a day can be beneficial in reaching your dietary needs. These beans were a hit with my family, all that was leftover was this little bit shown here over rice, topped with aji verde sauce.
This past weekend my little girl turned one! It’s hard to believe a year has gone by, it seems like just yesterday she was a born, and now she’s a happy one year old, talking, singing, eating real food, and almost walking!
We had a small family gathering to celebrate her birthday, and I went with a Peruvian theme. We had Peruvian chicken with aji verde sauce, rice, avocados and beans. Sounds good? It was and everyone loved it!
Making beans are an economical way to make a lot of food without spending too much. A pound of dry beans makes about 6 cups cooked and usually costs around a dollar. I always make my beans in my pressure cooker because it cuts the cooking time in half.
The aji verde sauce is great over chicken, rice, beans or plantains.
White Beans with Aji Verde Sauce
Aji Verde Sauce (makes 3 1/4 cups)
- 10 jalapeño peppers, seeded
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup light sour cream
Instant Pot White Beans
- Add beans and 8 cups of water to the pressure cooker.
- Add the pork bone, green pepper and bay leaf and cook high pressure 50 minutes, natural release.
- Meanwhile in a large skillet, add olive oil, chopped onion, garlic, cilantro, chicken bullion, cumin, and adobo seasoning season and cook over medium-low heat until onions are soft, about 5 to 10 minutes.
- When pressure dissolves open the lid and remove ham hock and discard the bay leaf. Transfer 4 cups of the beans and liquid to a blender and puree until smooth, then add back to the pressure cooker.
- Press saute and add the onion mixture to beans and mix well.
- Continue cooking beans, uncovered about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until beans are thickened to your liking. Taste for salt and adjust if needed.
Aji Verde Sauce:
- To make the sauce, place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.