Thursday, January 26, 2012

Caribbean Black Beans

A reader recently contacted Stump the Donut and asked for recommendations on low-sugar, family-friendly ways to serve up more black beans. Here is entry #1 for this completely anonymous reader.

Caribbean Black Beans

1 1/2 c onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T olive oil
1 T ginger root, grated
1 tsp thyme, fresh (or 1/2 tsp dried)
1/2 tsp allspice, ground
4 1/2 c drained, cooked, black beans
3/4 c orange juice
salt and pepper

Saute the onions and garlic in oil for about 5 minutes, until onions begin to soften. Add ginger, thyme, and allspice and cook until very soft, about 5 minutes more.

Stir in beans and orange juice and cook on low for 15 minutes, until the mixture thickens slightly. Use a heat diffuser if necessary to prevent scorching.

Mash a few of the beans with the back of a spoon for a thicker consistency.

Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

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