When the settlers cooked over an open fire, the resulting food had a subtle smoky note to their dishes. This smoke is the byproduct of cooking over fire and would act as a seasoning to the final dish(es). To re-create this in a modern beer kitchen, the use of a Smoked Porter adds depth to this recipe with malt flavor, hints of roast, coffee, chocolate, and an underlined smoke character. These Smoked Porter Black Beans are a perfect BBQ Side Dish, served alongside BBQ, grilled meats, used to make a burrito, alongside a taco bar, used in a salad, puréed into a dip and the list goes on. I also love these Smoked Porter Black Beans poured over my Four Ale Nacho recipe.
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This recipe uses high-quality black beans from Rancho Gordo, a specialty purveyor of heirloom beans and other unique food products, including some really cool cooking equipment. Steve Sando runs this shop | online store and has some amazing and delicious bean varieties. Check them out, as they do sell out of some of their different bean varieties. I do love their Midnight Black Beans!
To round out the flavor of the black beans, along with the smoky undertones the cooking with beer element adds, more ingredients are needed to further increase the flavor umbrella. Onions, garlic, Pasilla or poblano peppers, chipotle peppers (or smoked red jalapeño chilies), oregano, and chicken or roasted vegetable stock all combine to add a delicious Hispanic twist to this bean recipe. Another ingredient that I don’t list in this recipe, which will add an extra bit of flavor, is Kombu, or dried seaweed. When cooking beans I usually add this ingredient of the sea, as it adds not just sea salt but also umami to the beans. Here are some other bean recipes you might enjoy!
Makes: 1 1/2 quarts of beans
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Smoked Porter Black Beans
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Smoked Porter Black Beans: A wonderful black bean BBQ side dish with just the right amount of smoke, coming from a smoked porter beer.
The day before you make this recipe, take a large container, add the washed black beans (dried), and add enough cold water to cover the beans by 3-4 inches. Let them soak overnight, up to 24 hours to re-hydrate them and reduce their cooking time.
In a large pot over medium heat, add the oil, then the sliced onions. Using a spoon, stir the onions, coating in the oil and sauté for 10 - 12 minutes. Add the pasilla peppers. Once the onions start to turn a golden brown color, drop the heat to medium-low and cook for another 3 - 4 minutes. The onions are ready when they have turned a dark brown, not black color and are very sweet.
Add in the chopped garlic and chipotle peppers (more or less depending on heat/spicy tolerance and taste), sautéing for 2 - 3 minutes. Next, add in the oregano.
Do not add any salt at this point. The salt molecules will block the tiny holes in the membrane of the dried beans, preventing them from cooking properly. Add in the drained soaked beans to the pot and toss to coat.
Deglaze the pan with the Smoked Porter and then add enough stock to cover the beans by a few inches and raise the heat to medium-high.
Once the beans are boiling, reduce the heat back to medium and let simmer until tender, stirring once in a while to prevent any scorching on the bottom of the pot. Depending on the age of the beans and the soaking time, the beans will be tender anywhere from an hour to 2 hours of cooking time. If more liquid is needed while the beans are cooking add either more beer or stock. Once the beans are tender, soft, but still hold their shape, they are done.
Season the beans with enough salt to taste. Turn off the heat and keep warm until ready to serve. They can be made up to 3 days in advanced
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