July 6, 2015

Frijoles de Olla

On the Menu Today~
Frijoles de Olla

Olla de frijoles means "a pot of beans"

Frijoles de Olla

Frijoles are a staple in the Mexican kitchen.
Frijoles are an essential part of Mexican food.
Pinto beans are the most common beans used,
although beans change from region to region.
In Mexican cooking,
there are three ever present ingredients:
chilies, corn and beans.

In every Mexican home,
there is a pot of beans simmering on the stove-top,
simmering in the oven,
or a pot of beans in the refrigerator ready to be used.

Mexican cooks take the process of simmering a pot of beans very seriously.
Each cook has their own unique way of preparing them.
Everything from the bean variety,
the type of pot used,
to the seasonings, differ greatly from cook to cook.

This recipe uses mayocoba beans and
the beans are soaked overnight.
The beans are also made in a earthen
bean pot then baked in the oven.
Some cooks don't soak their beans
Some do....
It's a personal preference,
so do whatever your comfortable with.

Frijoles de Olla

  • 2 cups dried mayocoba beans (also know as peruano beans)
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 whole large serrano pepper, stem removed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • water
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Pick through the beans and remove any debris; remove any beans that have split and/or beans with holes. Rinse beans. Place beans in a dutch oven. Cover beans with water. Let beans soak overnight.
  2. When ready to prepare beans, rinse beans and cover again with cold water, add 1 teaspoon baking soda. Bring beans to a boil; boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain beans, reserving water.
  3. In a large skillet. heat oil over medium heat; sauté onion and serrano pepper just until the onions begin to brown and the chili blisters, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the crushed garlic. sauté until it softens.
  5. In an earthen bean pot add: beans, onions, serrano pepper and garlic. Pour in enough reserved bean water to cover the beans by 3 inches. Cover the pot tightly.
  6. Bake at 350º for 2 to 4 hours or until beans have softened.
  7. Check beans often to make sure the pot has enough water. Add more reserved bean water if necessary. Once the beans are soft and you can squeeze a bean between you fingers, allow to bake, uncovered, for an additional 15 to 30 minutes. Taste and adjust the salt if needed. Leave enough broth in the bean pot, in case you want to mash the beans for refried beans.
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Recipe adapted from a wonderful blog called: Rockin Robin's Cooking Mexican Recipes
Check it out!
Until Next Time~
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