Nicaraguan Rice and Beans

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Total Time
1 hr
6 hrs

I haven't tried this yet, but it looks extremely authentic and delicious. Please review it if you try it before me!

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  1. Cover the beans generously in water and soak at least 4 hours.
  2. Drain the beans and place in a large pot with two quarts of water.
  3. Pin the bay leaf to the onion with the clove and add to the pot.
  4. Add beans and garlic.
  5. Gradually bring beans to a boil, skimming off foam.
  6. Reduce heat and gently simmer the beans uncovered until tender, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, adding salt to taste during the last ten minutes.
  7. Drain the beans and refresh under cold water.
  8. Discard the onion, bay leaf, and clove.
  9. In a large heavy saucepan, bring 2.5 cups of water and 1 tsp salt to a boil.
  10. Add the rice and return to a boil.
  11. Gently simmer the rice until tender, about 18 minutes.
  12. Let the rice sit uncovered for 5 minutes and fluff with a fork.
  13. Heat oil in a large, heavy frying pan.
  14. Add onion and brown well, about 5 minutes.
  15. Add rice and beans and cook until very aromatic and the rice starts to brown, about 5 minutes.
  16. Correct the seasonings and serve.