One Day It Will Be Summer!
By Patty Liston
Being an eternal optimist, I just KNOW that all of this rainy, snowing-on-the-mountains weather will eventually turn into something resembling summer. I don't know about where you live, but here in the mid-west, we have had maybe 5 days of something that could be called, warm weather. Every time we think about taking the cover off of the bar-b-que, storm clouds gather and summer dreams are put on hold.
However, this hasn't stopped me from gathering some great recipes for summer pot-lucks. The first recipe is one for baked beans. I know that not everyone is a fan of these little guys, but that is probably because you are eating them out of a CAN! I just know that there will be converts to Bobby Flay's mouth-watering honey-rum recipe. For something that is not only healthy, but cool on a hot summer day, try the Broccoli Cole Slaw recipe that follows.
Bobby Flay's Honey-Rum Baked Black Beans
16 servings, about 1/2 cup each
Active Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours (not including bean-soaking time)
1 pound dried black beans (about 2 3/4 cups), picked over and soaked in cold water for 8 hours (or see Tip)
1 tablespoon canola oil
8 ounces dried chorizo (see note at bottom of recipe), cut into small dice (about 2 cups)
1 medium Spanish onion, cut into small dice
1 medium carrot, cut into small dice
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup dark rum
2 cups homemade chicken stock or canned reduced-sodium chicken broth, plus more if needed
1 cup Mesa Grill Barbecue Sauce or your favorite barbecue sauce
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves, divided
1/4 cup clover honey
3 tablespoons molasses
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or more taste
1. Drain beans. Place in a large saucepan and add cold water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, partially cover the pot and simmer until very tender, 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
3. Heat oil in a large saute pan over high heat. Add chorizo and cook, stirring, until golden brown and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels.
4. Reduce heat to medium, add onion and carrot to the pan and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add rum, bring to a simmer and cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add this mixture to the beans.
5. Add 2 cups stock (or broth), barbecue sauce, 1/4 cup cilantro, honey, molasses, brown sugar and the reserved chorizo to the beans. Mix gently to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the mixture to a large baking dish and cover. Bake for 30 minutes.
6. Check to see if the bean mixture is dry; if it is, add a little more stock (or broth). Bake for 30 minutes more. Uncover and bake 15 minutes more to thicken slightly.
7. Garnish the beans with the remaining 2 tablespoons cilantro. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
- Tip: To soak beans using a "quick-soak" method, place in a large saucepan with enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour.
- Note: Dried, Spanish-style chorizo is a seasoned, fully cooked, smoked pork sausage. Find it near other cured sausages in well-stocked super markets.
Low Calorie Broccoli Cole Slaw
From: Eating Well
8 servings, 3/4 cup each
4 slices turkey bacon
1 12- to 16-ounce bag shredded broccoli slaw, or 1 large bunch broccoli (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/4 cup low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 8-ounce can low-sodium sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup finely diced red onion, (1/2 medium)
1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, turning frequently, until crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. (Alternatively, microwave on High for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.) Drain bacon on paper towels. Chop coarsely.
2. If using whole broccoli, trim about 3 inches off the stems. Chop the rest into 1/4-inch pieces.
3. Whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add water chestnuts, onion, bacon and broccoli; toss to coat. Chill until serving time.
May be covered and chilled for up to 2 days
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