Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Black Beans

1 1/2 cup beans
6 cups water (about)
1 tsp salt
1 bay leaf
½ onion, chopped OR 2 garlic cloves, smashed

Soak beans overnight in lots of water. Drain. Add new water that is 2 times the current volume of the beans (or just fill up the crock pot with water). Add bay leaf, salt, and onion or garlic. Put in crockpot on low all day or in a regular pot, bring to a boil and simmer until soft (about 3 hours). Makes about 4 cups. 

Note: May serve as is over rice, add cooked bacon or sausage and serve over rice, use in a burrito with cheese, in a recipe, or freeze for later use. If making to use in black bean brownies, omit salt, bay leaf, onion and garlic. Just use water and beans.

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