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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Some really flavorful beans

I've noticed I have put a lot of recipes using beans on this blog. Red beans are a main staple in our diet. I was raised on cornbread and beans and just about everyone else I know. This recipe for beans is just wonderful. The beans are full of flavor and go great with a backyard barbecue or an oven roast. One thing I always keep on stock in my pantry are packages of beans of course, but also, bacon grease, (drippings poured off of cooked bacon), chicken broth, and onions. The whole bacon grease thing might sound horrible to some, but for those of us who have had granny, auntie, and mom cook with it, and then cook with it ourselves, know the value of it. It is wonderful to flavor beans, blackeyed peas and even potato salad. I keep mine stored in a canning jar with the lid.
Chicken broth also adds extra flavor. For these beans you will need
1 pound bag of dry pinto beans
1 large onion chopped in large chunks
1 large can chicken broth or two regular cans
1 jalapeno pepper sliced with seeds( can be left out if you don't like spicy beans)
1/2 tsp. salt
bacon grease
Sort and wash beans. Place in large pot and pour chicken broth into beans. Water can be added to make sure there is enough to cover beans in liquid. Heat beans to boiling and reduce to simmer and cover. Cook for about and hour and then add a large heaping tablespoon bacon grease, along with chopped onion and pepper. Make sure beans do not run dry. Add water if needed. Cook for another hour or until beans are tender. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Sounds very good. So glad you did not stop this blog!

Lisa said...

my kids will eat anything with beans in it! I guess that's pretty strange for young ones but they love em!
these look really good.