Slice of Life: The Rice and Beans Story

Slice of LifeSlice of Life: The Rice and Beans Story

You may not be aware of this, but rice and beans are the most popular cuisine in Haiti. Those who are fortunate enough to enjoy more than one meal a day may eat this more than once a day. This is a nutrious meal for them. Most will eat it as a stand alone meal; some may add chicken or goat to the dish. Haitians also use a lot of herbs, peppers, and onions in their cooking.

Want to see what such a dish would taste like? Try this recipe and enjoy!!

Haitian Rice and Bean Recipe
* 1 (8 ounce) package dry kidney beans
* 4 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 bulb shallot, minced
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
* 2 bay leaves
* 1 teaspoon adobo seasoning (optional)
* 1 tablespoon kosher salt
* freshly ground black pepper to taste
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
* 3 sprigs fresh parsley
* 3 sprigs fresh thyme
* 1 scotch bonnet chile pepper
1. Place beans in a large pot, and cover with 3 inches of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours, or until tender. Drain, reserving liquid.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute shallot and garlic until fragrant. Stir in cooked beans, and cook for 2 minutes. Measure reserved liquid, and add water to equal 5 cups; stir into skillet. Stir in the uncooked rice. Season with bay leaves, adobo seasoning, salt, pepper, and cloves. Place sprigs of parsley and thyme, and scotch bonnet pepper on top, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove thyme, parsley, and scotch bonnet pepper to serve.

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